Must-see moments from Dunk Contest, etc.

The NBA’s annual All-Star festivities are underway in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Plenty of must-see moments have already come and gone, from Steph Curry’s mom, Sonya, sinking a half-court shot during a community event to Hall of Famer Ray Allen putting on a show in the All-Star Celebrity Game.

But Saturday night — headlined by the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest (events begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on TNT) — is when the fun really begins.

Below are some of the best moments from Saturday night. 

Note: This story will be updated as the night unfolds.

 

► 9:56 p.m. ET: Dennis Smith Jr … and again … and again

Sorry, but DSJ’s first-round dunk — attempted over and over and over — was a metaphor for the New York Knicks’ recent history. Except … he got it right in the end.

► 9:40 p.m. ET: Shaq proves that cheaters don’t prosper

There needs to be an immediate Adam Silver-led investigation into Shaq’s blatant cheating during the Pop-a-Shot challenge. Sure, he was at a disadvantage because the mini basketballs were like golf balls in his hands. Not only did he break protocol by standing around the side of the contraption, but he still couldn’t post a decent score. The era of the big man in the NBA has truly ended.

► 9.30 p.m. ET: Joe Harris, the Unsmiling Assassin

Even nailing 25 and 26 points in the preliminary round and the final (and outlasting the greatest shooter of all time in Steph Curry) wasn’t enough to see Joe Harris break out into a beaming grin. Harris likes to keep things nice and stoic, and even as he hoisted the 3-Point Contest trophy, there was barely a twitch around the corners of his mouth. Come on Joe, show us some teeth.

► 9:16 p.m. ET: Steph. Can’t. Miss.

The Golden State superstar finished the first round of the 3-Point Contest with a high score of 27 after making his final 10 shots — six of which were money balls.

► 8:57 p.m. ET: Legends get in on the action

Dell Curry recruited some of the greatest shooters in NBA history to raise money for charity before the 3-Point Contest began. They’ve lost a step (or three) since their bucket-getting days, but it was the perfect way to get the event started.

► 8:52 p.m. ET: Dell Curry with some parental bias

In an on-court interview with the male members of the Curry family, TNT’s Allie LaForce thankfully stops just short of asking Dell Curry if he loves one of his sons more than the other.

However, Dell made it perfectly clear, just before a throwback video of his boys hanging with Alonzo Mourning, that he and the rest of the family are rooting for Seth over Steph, all the way.

“I am definitely leaning one way,” Dell laughed. “(Steph) already has won one. He has got all these awards, the young fella, let’s try to get the young fella on the board.”

► 8:35 p.m. ET: Jayson Tatum FOR. THE. WIN

What better way to win the Skills Challenge than with a half-court shot? 

► 8:20 p.m. ET: Trae Young with the dagger

Going up against De’Aaron Fox in the first round of the Skills Challenge, Young fell behind early, but he caught up and fired a deep 3-pointer, which splashed home right before Fox’s. 

 

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