NBA All-Star 2018: 3-Point Contest, Skills Challenge updates, highlights, results

All-Star Saturday night is finally here. NBA fans will witness the best the league’s best battle it out in a few exciting competitions at Staples Center.


Saturday night’s first event is the Skills Challenge, which splits eight players — four big men and four wings/guards — into two separate brackets with bigs facing bigs and guards facing guards. Participants compete by racing through an obstacle course to see who can finish faster. The winner of each side then faces off in a final showdown to see who takes home the title of NBA Skills Challenge champion.

NBA ALL-STAR 2018: Players, rosters, how to watch

The 3-Point Contest pits eight players against each other with each one shooting five racks of balls set up along the 3-point line with the goal of knocking down as many 3s as possible. Each rack also includes a money ball that is worth an extra point. The players get one rack full of money balls that can be set up at the spot of their choosing.

Kristaps Porzingis won’t be able to participate in this year’s Skills Challenge after suffering a torn ACL earlier this month, so we will have a new champion. Eric Gordon will be looking to defend his 3-Point Contest title, but there are plenty of shooters ready to take home trophy away from the Rockets guard.


Follow along below as Sporting News provides updates and highlights from the 2018 Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest.

NBA Skills Challenge participants, updates

8:27 p.m. ET — Joel Embiid tries to stick with Lauri Markkanen, but he didn’t actually complete the passing portion of the Skills Challenge. It doesn’t matter in the end, as Markkanen drains his first 3-pointer to advance to the final round. Spencer Dinwiddie is still alive after hitting his 3-pointer before Jamal Murray.

Dinwiddie vs. Markkanen for the Skills Challenge championship belt.

8:20 p.m. ET — Spencer Dinwiddie narrowly defeats Buddy Hield, and Jamal Murray makes his third 3-point attempt in just enough time to eliminate Lou Williams. The Clippers guard took way too long to push the pass through the net. It will be Dinwiddie vs. Murray on the backcourt side of the bracket.

8:14 p.m. ET — Lauri Markkanen blows through the course and drills his first pass and 3-point attempt to eliminate Andre Drummond. It will be Embiid vs. Markkanen in the semifinals. Guards are up next.

8:12 p.m. ET — Al Horford and Joel Embiid kick of the Skills Challenge. Embiid loses the ball on the passing portion of the round, but he charges back to drill a 3-pointer and eliminate Horford. Trust the process.

8:06 p.m. ET — If you want to win the Skills Challenge, you’ll need to hit that bounce pass. A look at the assist numbers for this year’s participants…

2018 Skills Challenge participants
Joel Embiid, Sixers
Al Horford, Celtics
Lauri Markkanen, Bulls
Lou Williams, Clippers
Jamal Murray, Nuggets
Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets
Buddy Hield, Kings (replacing Donovan Mitchell)
Andre Drummond, Pistons (replacing Kristaps Porzingis)

NBA 3-Point Contest participants, updates

2018 3-Point Shootout participants
Eric Gordon, Rockets
Klay Thompson, Warriors
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
Devin Booker, Suns
Paul George, Thunder
Bradley Beal, Wizards
Tobias Harris, Clippers
Wayne Ellington, Heat

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