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Towns, Thompson, LaVine top State Farm All-Star Saturday Night

Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Verizon Slam Dunk highlight the evening

POSTED: Feb 14, 2016 12:49 AM ET


Zach LaVine closes out an electrifying Saturday night with his win in the Verizon Slam Dunk contest.

— An action-packed State Farm All-Star Saturday night featured three different events -- each with wild and thrilling finishes from a pair of contestants.

Please see the three individual event pages for complete outcomes.

Taco Bell Skills Challenge (1st Event)

Karl-Anthony Towns takes home the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

You don't get many upsets at All-Star Weekend, but Karl-Anthony Towns winning the 2016 Taco Bell Skills Challenge was a clear underdog story. The Rookie of the Year favorite from the Minnesota Timberwolves represented for the big men, edging out Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas by knocking down his third 3-point attempt in what was a tightly contested final round.

Skills Challenge Recap

Karl-Anthony Towns defeats Isaiah Thomas to win the Taco Bell Skills challenge.

Event Page
2016 Participants:
*Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (2nd Event)

Klay Thompson wins the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.

For the second straight year one of the Golden State Warriors' Splash Brothers walked off the All-Star Saturday night stage as the champion of the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. This time it was Klay Thompson.

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Recap

Klay Thompson knocks off his teammate Stephen Curry to win the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.

Event Page
2016 Participants:
*Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
JJ Redick, Los Angeles Clippers
CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers (replaces injured Chris Bosh)
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Verizon Slam Dunk (3rd Event)

Zach LaVine repeats as champion and wins Verizon Slam Dunk.

With a through-the-legs dunk from just inside the charity stripes, Zach LaVine earned his fifth score of 50 on the night, making him the 2016 NBA dunk champ. LaVine edged out a victory over Aaron Gordon, who also put on a show. The 20-year-old LaVine became the first back-to-back winner since Nate Robinson in 2009 and 2010.

Verizon Slam Dunk Recap

Zach LaVine scores a perfect 50 on his final dunk to defeat Aaron Gordon to win the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest.

Event Page
2016 Participants:
*Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
Will Barton, Denver Nuggets
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

* Defending champion