MCW and Oladipo narrowly edged in Skills Challenge

by Max Rappaport Writer

by Max Rappaport,
Posted: February 15, 2014

NEW ORLEANS –– In the Skills Challenge, the passing tire plays the role of great equalizer, with players living and dying by the fate its elastic rim dictates. This year, the story was no different.

Team East (Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo) made it through the first round without a hitch, darting through the course in 43.9 seconds to edge the East’s other team of Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan and their 45.0-second time.

In the final round, though, a pair of miscues by the Sixers/Magic tandem led to a 45.3-second finish and opened up the door for Trey Burke and Damian Lillard of Team West. The Jazz/Trail Blazers tandem missed five of their six shots from the top of the key, but that didn't make up the time lost by Team East on the passing tire. Burke darted down the floor with just over 40 seconds on the clock and got a finger roll to drop with 45.2 seconds left on the clock, sealing a 0.1-second victory.

The four events that make up State Farm All-Star Saturday Night raised $500,000 for charity, and the energy surrounding them was overwhelmingly positive.

“I had a fun time out there. It was great competing, and I hope to be out there next year,” Carter-Williams said afterwards. “I’m having a great time. Just being here is a blessing.” 

While the Skills Challenge was the rookie’s final event at All-Star Weekend, he’ll stick around and attend Sunday night’s All-Star Game. 

“One day, hopefully I get to play in the All-Star Game,” he said.