Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/25/12

In the Foot Locker Three Point Shootout, the scores were a bit low, but the forwards put on a good show as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant 17-14 in the final round tiebreaker. James Jones posted the best round of the night in the first round with 22, but he fell off in the second round with a score of just 12 as Love and Durant forced the tiebreaker with a pair of 16s.

In the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, despite repeated criticism of the lack of stars and originality in recent years, there were some creative dunks and dunkers on display. The Utah Jazz’s Jeremy Evans won with dunking two balls one after another from Gordon Hayward tosses, dunking over Hayward and capped it off by leaping over Kevin Hart dressed up as a mailman while wearing a Karl Malone jersey. Paul George turned the lights out and plastered himself with glow in the dark tape in one dunk and dunked over both Roy Hibbert and Dahntay Jones in another. Derrick Williams took a pass off the side backboard from Ricky Rubio and did a 360 dunk for one, but he was unable to execute his high difficulty dunk between the legs in the final round that may have made the difference. Chase Budinger did a “White Men Can’t Jump” tip of the cap as he dunked over Diddy aka Puff Daddy with a backwards Rockets’ cap on in his first dunk as well as executing Cedric Ceballos’s blindfold dunk from 20 years ago in his final dunk.

Earlier tonight, Tony Parker won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge as Kyrie Irving finished in last place. Team New York also won the Haier Shooting Stars Contest over Team Houston in the final. The NBA’s All-Star Game is tomorrow night at 7 pm.

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