John Wall of the Washington Wizards is the NBA’s wizard of dunk.
The former Kentucky star stole the show in the NBA’s Slam Dunk contest on Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center, helping the Eastern Conference claim the title over the West.
Wall was named slam dunker of the night for his creative rim shaking - taking a ball from a costumed character beneath the basket, leaping over him and slamming it home.
Wall bested the Sacramento Kings’ Ben McLemore, who arrived on the court in a cape and proceeded to dunk over Kings owner and NBA/LSU legend Shaquille O’Neal, who was seated in a throne beneath the basket.
McLemore needed two passes to complete his dunk, which may have been the difference against Wall, who made his on the first try.
Portland TrailBlazers guard Damian Lillard completed three events Saturday night, winning the Skills Challenge with Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz. He also competed in the Slam Dunk and 3-Point Shooting contests but was eliminated before the championship rounds.
Lillard, who took part in Friday’s Rising Stars game, is set to play for the West in Sunday’s 63rd annual All-Star Game. He would be the first person to compete in five All-Star Weekend events.