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Paul George and the Eastern Conference swept away the Western Conference in the restructured Dunk Contest. George teamed up with Terrence Ross and John Wall to take out Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes and Ben McLemore.

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Paul George, the captain of the Eastern Conference, helped the East take home the first ever conference dunk contest.

George’s best dunk came in the one-on-one battles, when he executed a between-the-legs, 360 jam. It took George three attempts but he got it down.


John Wall was voted the Slam Dunker of the night, as he sealed the victory with this dunk on his first attempt.


The Dunk Contest changed up the format, as the night was all about the Eastern Conference vs the Western Conference. The first round was 90 seconds of free dunking. Then it went to one-on-one dunk offs, where the first conference to win three of the five individual battles, won the contest. For the individual best dunker, fans voted.

You can see the East’s freestlye round here.

And here is the West.

In the battle round, George took on Harrsion Barnes and knocked him off with his dunk seen above, as all three judges voted for George.

Terrence Ross brought out Drake to help, and Ross knocked out Damian Lillard. While Wall beat Ben McLemore in the final round.

George was the favorite, according to Bovada, to win the Dunk Contest. His closing odds were at 9/5. John Wall had the third best odds at 15/4.

Looking to the other competitions, Team Bosh won the first event of the night, the Shooting Stars Competition. Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash repeated as champions. In the Skills Challenge, which debuted a new relay format, Trey Burke and Damian Lillard took home the title.

In the 3-Point Shootout, Bradley Beal and Marco Belinelli faced off in the final and tied with 19. So they went to a tiebreaker round, which saw Belinelli put up the best score of the night, 24, and win the championship round. The 3-Point Shootout also added a wrinkle, as an entire rack of balls was full of money balls. The shooters got to choose which position they wanted the all-money ball rack.

The East and West split was also fueled by charity. For every competition, State Farm donated $100,000 to the charity of the winner, and $25,000 to the charity of the loser. Ultimately, $500,000 was donated to the American Heart Association and UNICEF for the East and $500,000 to Teach for America and the Wounded Warrior Project for the West.

Edit: Here is the video of Wall's final dunk plus his celebration dance with PG.

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Thanks to Conrad Kaczmarek for the GIFs who was working the SB Nation NBA Twitter feed.