“The slam dunk has returned,” said Julius “Doctor J” Erving after John Wall wowed the fans with an impressive dunk in the All-Star Dunk Contest

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) —  
Before the Sprite Slamdunk Contest, only few believe that John Wall well be vital for the chance of the East to win the coveted crown.

But Wall proved to doubters that he can definitely win as he soared over his mascot to help the East stomped on the West in the slam dunk contest.
Wall won the social media vote of viewers to capture the Slam Dunk individual trophy.
Wall’s sensational slam finished off a clean sweep for the Washington
star, Paul George and Terrence Ross in the contest’s new battle format,
helping the Eastern Conference earn a 2-2 tie against the West on
All-Star Saturday night.
Answering Sacramento rookie Ben
McLemore’s dunk in which he leaped over Shaquille O’Neal seated in a
king’s throne, Wall took the ball from Wizards mascot G-Man, who held it
above his head, then brought it down between his legs and slammed down a
reverse dunk.
Judges Dominique Wilkins, Magic Johnson and
Julius Erving all gave the victory to Wall in his matchup, after
previously picking George over Harrison Barnes, and defending champion
Ross over Damian Lillard.
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San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli won the
3-point contest, and Lillard and Utah rookie Trey Burke won the skills
challenge for the West’s two victories. Miami’s Chris Bosh, Wilkins and
WNBA star Swin Cash won the night’s first event for the East, the
shooting stars.
The league tried to jazz up All-Star Saturday for its return to New Orleans, with a number of tweaks to the format.
The biggest was in the dunk contest, which was broken into two parts.
The first was the freestyle portion, where the teams had 90 seconds to
execute as many dunks as they could, before the three 1-on-1 matchups in
the battle format.
The East had already clinched that part by winning the first two, but Wall made it a resounding shutout.
McLemore came out wearing a king’s robe and trailed by O’Neal, who
unveiled a “Shaq-Lemore” jersey. He made it over O’Neal’s throne on his
second attempt, and O’Neal presented him with a crown.
But moments later, Wall was the real king.
“The slam dunk has returned,” said Erving, one of the NBA’s most famed dunkers.
Before that, the new format was confusing to fans and the West players
themselves. The East had it all figured out, winning the first format
with a passing and dunking display straight out the Harlem
Globetrotters, capped a three-man dunk where Ross threw if off the
backboard to Wall, who lobbed it off the overhead shot clock for George
to race in and slam it down.
— with reports from the Associated Press

Ed Umbao

Founder of PhilNews.xyz | co-Founder of PhilNews.ph

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