Posted Feb 16, 2014 5:14 PM
> Winner -- Team East: Paul George (Indiana), Terrence Ross (Toronto), John Wall (Washington)
> John Wall wins Sprite Dunker of the Night
> Team East won the Freestyle Round 3-0
> Battle Round 1: Terrence Ross defeated Damian Lillard 2-1
> Battle Round 2: Paul George defeated Harrison Barnes 3-0
> Battle Round 3: John Wall defeated Ben McLemore 3-0 (Team East sweeps Battle Round, 3-0)
> Team East's win resulted in a $100,000 donation to the American Heart Association & U.S. Fund for UNICEF
NEW ORLEANS -- All in all, it was another brick in John Wall's growing reputation as a big time performer.
The Wizards' point guard didn't just earn the title of Dunker of the Night in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. He reached out, seized it and gave it glorious flourish to the delight of jam-packed crowd at the Smoothie King Center.
"It was great," Wall said. "It's a humbling experience for me, a great opportunity."
When that opportunity knocked, the 6-foot-4 guard answered in style. Approaching from the right side of the basket, he leaped clear over the head of Wizards' mascot G-Man, snatched the ball out of his hands, did a double-pump and then flushed an overhead dunk that brought down the house.
It was the capper of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night that had a revamped format that combined team competition with a free-flowing and re-energized feel.
The East team of Wall, Paul George and Terrence Ross dazzled their way to a 3-0 sweep of the West to take the team championship in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, getting virtually every vote in the final round from the judging panel of Julius Erving, Magic Johnson and Dominique Wilkins.
The only real suspense was who would be named Dunker of the Night in fan balloting through social media.
George made a compelling case with a 360-degree spin move where he took the ball through his legs and whipsawed home a one-handed rim rocker.
Ben McLemore followed by taking flight over Shaquille O'Neal seated in a throne, then fell to his knees and was crowned by the 15-time NBA All-Star and world's biggest prop.
"It worked out in our favor to to have the opportunity to go against Ben McLemore after he jumped over Shaq in that chair," said Wall, who had barely practiced his clinching dunk.
"It was only my second time doing it," he said. "My first time was on Thursday. So I felt comfortable with myself and I knew it was a dunk that hadn't been done before. And I knew the main thing was coming up with creativity, and it worked out in my favor."
After Wall dropped the hammer, he turned and broke into a dance number with his teammate George that delighted the in-house crowd, obviously tickled the TV audience and even drew praise on Twitter from none other than Kobe Bryant.
"I think it was the great opportunity, especially a dunk that hadn't been done before," Wall said. "Me and Paul (were) talking about it, and Kobe said what kind of dance I was getting on Twitter. I asked him what kind of dance I was getting and the new dance is the 'Nae Nae.' So I decided to do the 'Nae Nae.'"
Wall admitted he got the idea for his winning dunk from a fan.
"Somebody sent me a YouTube link on my Twitter and said (here are) 27 dunks haven't been in the slam dunk contest. The first one was that one, and it seemed hard, but for me it came out to be easy."
The team of Chris Bosh, Swin Cash and Wilkins opened the night by winning the Sears Shooting Stars title for the second year in a row.
Damian Lillard, who competed in three of the evening's four events, then teamed with Trey Burke in a relay race format to win the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
It took a round of overtime to break a tie in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, but Marco Belinelli eventually outdueled Bradley Beal to claim the crown.
With the East and West winning two events apiece, the teams split the $500,00 prize money evenly. The East donated $250,000 to the American Heart Association and the U.S. Fund ror UNICEF. The West donated $250,000 to Teach for America and Wounded Warrior Project.
> Paul George, Indiana Pacers
> Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors
> John Wall, Washington Wizards
> Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors
> Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
> Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings
NBA All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards headline the list of dunkers in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk (#SpriteSlam), taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings fill out the Western Conference teams, while reigning Sprite Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors completes the East roster.
This marks the first time in 26 years that three All-Stars are competing in the Sprite Slam Dunk. In the 1988 competition in Chicago, All-Stars Clyde Drexler, Michael Jordan, and Dominique Wilkins squared off, with Jordan claiming the crown in front of the hometown fans.
This year's event will feature the participants competing as a team -- three players representing the Eastern Conference and three players representing the Western Conference -- in an above-the-rim two-round format. In a significant first in the event's history, the competition will tip off with a Freestyle Round where the dunkers for each conference will have 90 seconds to showcase as many dunks as they want. At the conclusion of the Freestyle Round, the panel of judges will then choose a winner by voting "East" or "West." The winning conference will earn the advantage of deciding whether its dunkers will dunk first or second in the head-to-head battles that take place in the Battle Round.
The Battle Round will feature head-to-head matchups pitting East dunkers vs. West dunkers, with the judges choosing a winner for each battle. Upon losing a head-to-head battle, that dunker is then eliminated from the competition. The first team to win three battles will win the competition and be crowned 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk champions.
At the conclusion of the team competition, fans will then have the opportunity to vote for the player of their choice as the "Sprite Slam Dunker of the Night" through SMS, Twitter, NBA.com and the NBA GameTime app. More >>
Ross edges Evans to win 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk
Terrence Ross did a stroll down the hall of Raptors' history, paying homage to DeMar DeRozan and Vince Carter, to write his own name in the books as the new king of the rim rattlers to defeat 2012 champ Jeremy Evans to take the Sprite Slam Dunk crown.
Ross wrapped up the title on his last dunk of the night when he soared over a ballboy positioned just outside the defensive circle, took the ball between his legs and snapped it through the hoop like the crack of a whip.
Evans wins 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk
With the game's biggest stars watching from courtside, Saturday night's Sprite Slam Dunk contest provided an opportunity for a fresh new face to introduce himself to the NBA's global audience.
And that's exactly what Jeremy Evans did.
A relative unknown and former NBA D-Leaguer, the Utah Jazz forward won the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, defeating Houston's Chase Budinger in a tight race that included 4 million voters on NBA.com deciding the champion rather than a panel of judges.
Griffin steals the show to win Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
Blake Griffin had jaws dropping in every corner of Staples Center when he launched himself over the hood of a shiny new silver Kia, caught a pass from L.A. Clippers teammate Baron Davis and jammed it home to beat out the Wizards' Javale McGee to claim the 2011 slam dunk crown.
Griffin's elaborate stunt on his final dunk of the night was enough to earn him 68 percent of the world wide fan voting via text message and eclipsed a consistently spectacular effort by McGee just because of its sheer audacity.
"He came prepared with the car," McGee said, "and nothing's going to beat the car unless I bring out a plane or something."
High-flying Nate becomes first three-time Slam Dunk champ
Nate Robinson defended his title in Dallas to become the first-ever three-time Sprite Slam Dunk champion by defeating Raptors rookie DeMar DeRozan in the finals.
Robinson sealed the win on his final dunk, scooping the ball off the backboard, spinning and putting it through with two hands, backwards.
Krypto-Nate leaps over Superman to claim Dunk title
New York's Nate Robinson soared over defending champ Dwight Howard of Orlando -- literally and figuratively -- in winning a dramatic contest in Phoenix. Robinson donned a cape and the Knicks' St. Patrick's Day green uniform and vaulted over Howard in one of the most memorable dunks in the event's long history.
Howard flies like Superman to win Dunk crown
Dwight Howard scored a perfect 100 in the first round, then broke out a Superman cape to beat defending champion Gerald Green in the final round to win his first Slam Dunk crown.
Celtics' Green notches perfect 50 dunk
Boston's Gerald Green leapt past Nate Robinson, Dwight Howard and Chicago's Tyrus Thomas in the first round, then held off Robinson in the finals to win the event in Las Vegas.
2013 -- Terrence Ross, Toronto
2012 -- Jeremy Evans, Utah
2011 -- Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
2010 -- Nate Robinson, New York
2009 -- Nate Robinson, New York
2008 -- Dwight Howard, Orlando
2007 -- Gerald Green, Boston
2006 -- Nate Robinson, New York
2005 -- Josh Smith, Atlanta
2004 -- Fred Jones, Indiana
2003 -- Jason Richardson, Golden State
2002 -- Jason Richardson, Golden State
2001 -- Desmond Mason, Seattle
2000 -- Vince Carter, Toronto
1997 -- Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
1996 -- Brent Barry, L.A. Clippers
1995 -- Harold Miner, Miami
1994 -- Isaiah Rider, Minnesota
1993 -- Harold Miner, Miami
1992 -- Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix
1991 -- Dee Brown, Boston
1990 -- Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1989 -- Kenny Walker, New York
1988 -- Michael Jordan, Chicago
1987 -- Michael Jordan, Chicago
1986 -- Spud Webb, Atlanta
1985 -- Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1984 -- Larry Nance, Phoenix
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The United States defeats the Dominican Republic in an exhibition game in New York, 105-62.
|Postgame: Krzyzewski, Irving|
Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Kyrie Irving talk to the media after Wednesday's impressive victory.
|USAB Postgame Discussion|
Vince and Dennis discuss Wednesday's impressive victory over the Dominican Republic.
|Postgame: Kyrie Irving|
Kyrie Irving talks with Matt Winer following USA Basketball's win over the Dominican Republic.
|DeRozan to Drummond|
Andre Drummond takes the pass and finishes with authority.