The 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest was jammed in halftime of Sunday's All-Star Game in Atlanta on Sunday as the league narrowed its earliest All-Star Weekend to a single night.
Everything about the slam dunk competition, which usually caps on All-Star Saturday, was different in 2021: it had one less contestant than usual, with the number of dunk attempts reduced and the final round judging at points Was not based on, rather.
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On top of that, the field consisted of three players who are strangers to most fans: Nucks rookie Obi Toppin, Trail Blazers backup guard Annfany Simmons and Pacers two-way player Cassius Stanley.
Here are the results and highlights of the 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, as well as the 3-point contest and the Skills Competition that were fought before the game.
Who won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2021?
After the final round, Annie Simmons won the dunk contest after the judges beat Obri Toppin 3–2. Simmons' winning sting was not flawless (he kissed the rim but tried to end too far), but it was decided to jam from the middle of the switching-arm lane, to be better than Topin's middle-foot.
NBA Slam Dunk Contest Highlights
It was a kind of lightning round: two docks in the first round, one in the finals. Five judges, all previous dunk champions, scored goals in the first round but then voted on the winner in the final.
On the first set of dunks, Stanley and Toppin moved between the legs, and Simmons showed his hops by grabbing the ball as it sat on a nerf hoop above the rectangle on the backboard.
For his second sting, Simmons broke the 360 sting by a Tracy McGrady Raptor Throwback and Bounce. This earned him 49 from the judges. Toppin needed two attempts to jump over his Daddy, OB and All-Star teammate Julius Randle, but still managed to get 46 runs.
Who won the NBA 3-point competition in 2021?
Stephen Curry defeated Mike Conley on the final shot of the event to sink a 2-point money ball of the final rack to win 28–27. Jason Tatum of the Celtics finished third in the six-man competition. The Celtics' Jaylen Brown, Bulls Zach LaVine and Jazz's Donovan Mitchell failed to advance to the finals.
NBA 3-point competition highlights
Conley finished second in the final round and pressured Curry to a second consecutive 27.
After Curry missed his first four shots of the first rack, it seemed that the Jazz Guard was harassing the Warriors' shooter. But after that Wardell went to work. He finished on 9 of his final 11 and 4 for 4 on the final rack. He needed to hit his last two shots to win. Bang. Bang.
Curry set a record with 31 in the first round. See some of these shots barely touch the net.
He needed his best performance as Conley gave up 27 and Tatum gave up 25 and advanced to Round 2.
NBA skills tournament results
Domantas Sabonis of the Pacers steamed through the accuracy and shooting in the head-to-head test of Baldhanding, beating the steamers Julius Randall, the Mavericks' Luca Donsik and the Magic's Nikola Vovecik during the first event. Wuswick knocked off Suns' Chris Paul in the second round to secure a place in the second round.