Robinson’s first dunk was one of his best. Heleap-frogged one man sitting on another’s shoulders, grabbed the ball from theelevated man’s hands and slammed it home. He said 2000 dunk champ Vince Carter was one of his primary influences, along with Michael Jordan, of course. “Vince Carter did one of his best dunks first, and it kind of intimidated people. That’s what I wanted to go out and do,” Robinson said. “Who knows if it worked, but they missed some of their dunks and it gave me a little more room.” Afterward, he couldn’t take his hands off of the trophy — a gold basketball — and made it sound as if that wouldremain the case through the weekend. “I know I’m not letting go of her right there,” he said. “She’s following me everywhere I go. It’s MardiGras. We’re going to have a good time.”
The dunk that cost him was a bold one. He tried to leap a friend and the Suns’ gorilla mascot, grab the ball on the way over, put it between his legs and then finish with a windmill. But he couldn’t get the dunk to go down in his allotted three attempts.DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Aaron Gordon of Orlando were unable to emerge from the first round. Jordan dunked over DJ turn tables and Gordon dunked after receiving a bounce pass from a drone that had flown over the court with the Star Wars theme music playing. In the three-point contest, Houston’s Eric Gordon dethroned Golden State splash brotherKlay Thompson.KristapsPorzingis of the New YorkKnicks won the skills challenge.
Gordon got his win in New Orleans, where he played the previous five seasons before leaving last summer in free agency. Gordon’s score of 21 in a final-round tiebreaker defeated Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, the 2013 winner who had 18. The pair had each finished with a score of 20 in the final round, meaning they each had to shoot 25 more balls to decide it. “I wasn’t really concentrating on how many I made,” Gordon said. “It’s all about just knocking down the shot. I never counted in my head or anything. I just go out there and just shoot the ball.” Thompson was stunningly eliminated in the first round, missing a final shot from the corner that could have put him through ahead of Kemba Walker. Big men reigned supreme for a second straight year in the skills competition, with the 7ft 3in Porzingis beating Utah’s Gordon Hayward in the final round. Those vanquished in earlier rounds included guards John Wall of Washington and Isaiah Thomas of Boston, both because they couldn’t make their initial three-pointers required to close out the course before Hayward did, even though Hayward had trailed each of them dribbling down the court by a considerable margin before hitting his clinching shots. Porzingis emerged from the big-men’s division that included the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis and Denver’s Nikola Jokic. “It’s a good feeling that I’m able to showcase my skill with my size and show to the kids that you’re capable of doing that even if you’re tall and lanky like me,” Porzingis said. Porzingis and Hayward were neck-and-neck until the end of the course, but Porzingis hit his three first to end it. The three-round, head-to-head obstacle-course competition tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills. SOURCE: theguardian.co.uk