Lillard, Burke win Skills Competition _lowres

Big Sam, bandleader for Big Sam's Funky Nation, adjusts his microphone stand as workers prepare the Smoothie King Center for the NBA basketball All-Star events, which run through the end of the week, in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Damian Lillard’s All-Star Drive for Five is still going strong.

Lillard of the Portland TrailBlazers and Trey Burke (Utah Jazz) nipped Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ers) and Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic) by one-tenth of a second – 45.2 to 45.3 – to win the Skills Challenge on Saturday night during NBA All-Star Saturday Night festivities at the Smoothie King Center.

Lillard, who won this event last year as well, is on pace to be the first person to compete in Friday night’s Rising Stars game, Sunday’s All-Star Game and three of Saturday’s events.

Still to come for Lillard: the 3-point shooting contest and the Slam Dunk contest.

In the skills challenge, players had to race the clock to complete a string of challenges including a pass through a target, a 3-point shot, a layup and slam dunk while eluding a series of obstacles.