Huge males personal the All-Star Abilities Problem.
Bam Adebayo gained it final yr, becoming a member of fellow bigs Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Cities as occasion champions.
Add Domantas Sabonis to the record.
The Indiana Pacers’ All-Star large man, who was the runner-up within the occasion a yr in the past, gained the 2021 version by beating out Nikola Vucevic by being the primary to empty his three after just a few misses.
“It was enjoyable… I needed to verify I gained it this time,” Sabonis mentioned in his televised postgame interview.
Sabonis began the competitors by beating the Knicks’ Julius Randle as a result of he made his move on the primary shot, which gave Sabonis a cushion. He then hit his three on the primary shot.
After that, Vucevic beat Robert Covington by hitting his first three, and he additionally had a small lead as a result of he made his move. Earlier than the occasion Covington, the NBA’s lone present participant out of an HBUC, donated $25,000 scholarships to college students from his alma mater Tennessee State.
Luka Doncic and Chris Paul had byes into the second spherical, however it didn’t assist them.
Sabonis beat Doncic as Luka — sporting his warmup sweats — didn’t nail the move till the third try, which put him behind and Sabonis hit his three for the win. Vucevic beat CP3 as a result of neither might knock down the three shortly, however Vucevic did on the third one (Paul was just a little behind as a result of he missed the layup).
All that arrange the Vucevic vs. Sabonis finals.
Subsequent yr, guess on the bigs for the All-Star Abilities Problem. That’s the place the cash is.
Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis will get revenge, wins All-Star Abilities Problem initially appeared on NBCSports.com