Feb. 17 (UPI) -- NBA All-Star Weekend kicked off Friday night with the Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Challenge, followed by the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Dunk Contest taking center stage Saturday.
The skills competition started off All-Star Weekend's main attractions Saturday at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, using a half-court shot, defeated Atlanta Hawks rookie Trae Young to claim a thrilling win in the Skills Challenge.
"I'm just here trying to have fun," Tatum said. "I threw it up and it went in."
Tatum fell behind in the layup portion of the contest and gambled with a deep half-court shot. The Celtics' rising star launched the deep three and banked it in off the glass to defeat Young.
Curry drained 10 consecutive shots and finished with 27 points in the first round. The shooter sank his first nine shots in the final round, making 19 straight shots between the two rounds.
Harris had 25 points in the first round and drained all five balls on the money rack in the championship round to finish with 26 points and the 3-point shooting crown.
Diallo had the event's most memorable dunk after flying over Basketball Hall of Fame center Shaquille O'Neal.
The Thunder guard ripped open his jersey and revealed a Superman logo before the dunk attempt. Diallo aligned Shaq under the basket and flew over the 7-foot-1 big man, putting his elbow inside the rim as a tribute to the "honey dip" dunk that Vince Carter created while competing in the 2000 NBA Dunk Contest.
The dunk earned a perfect 50 from the judges and set up Diallo's first slam dunk title.
Other memorable dunks included rapper J. Cole, a native of North Carolina, throwing a pass to Smith Jr., and Bridges' tribute to Hornets great Larry Johnson. Bridges, while wearing Johnson's jersey, performed a 360-degree dunk off a pass from Charlotte All-Star guard Kemba Walker.
The NBA's All-Star Weekend concludes with the annual All-Star Game on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.