LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14
– L.A.’s own Baron Davis, who was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, made a triumphant homecoming by winning the 989 Sports Skills Challenge during All-Star Saturday Night presented by America Online. Davis weaved his way through the timed obstacle course, which consisted of dribbling, passing and shooting stations, in a brisk 31.6 seconds, edging the Lakers’ Derek Fisher (37.6 seconds) in the finals.
Davis breezed by everyone at the 989 Sports Skills Challenge.|
Andrew D. Bernstein
“This weekend is overwhelming. Being from South Central, this is home. It was a great competition and it is great representing L.A. I am just happy to be here and give the fans something to watch,” Davis said after the win. “I haven’t gotten much sleep the last two days, but went through the course earlier and it was easy.”
Davis reached the finals after a flawless first round where he did not miss a shot or a pass, and finished with a time of 28.7. Fisher was a midday replacement for teammate Gary Payton, who was forced to withdraw because of personal reasons, reached the finals with a time of 31.6 seconds.
Denver’s Earl Boykins finished the first round with a time of 34.9 seconds, while Marbury clocked in at 36.4.
The 989 Sports Skills Challenge was launched at last year’s All-Star Saturday Night in Atlanta and showcases the the NBA’s top point guards.
An NBA licensee, 989 Sports produces the NBA ShootOut series of video games exclusively for the PlayStation® and PS one™ game consoles and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.