Jayson Ta­tum nails half-court shot to win 2019 NBA Skills Chal­lenge

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

As the fi­nals of the 2019 NBA Skills Chal­lenge reached its last stage, it was At­lanta Hawks rookie Trae Young who was first to the 3-point line. And yet, it was the Bos­ton Celtics’Jayson Ta­tum who got the first shot off.

With an in­cred­i­ble half­court shot to close out the fi­nals and cap off his third come­back in the event, Ta­tum won the Skills Chal­lenge af­ter top­ping Young, Nikola Jo­kic and Mike Con­ley in Char­lotte. Ta­tum didn’t even break stride as he re­leased the win­ning shot.

“I’m just here try­ing to have fun. I threw it up and it went in,” Ta­tum said in a TNT in­ter­view af­ter the event.

Ta­tum had to come from be­hind in all three of his matchups, even­tu­ally pre­vail­ing in the 3-point shoot­ing phase. In to­tal, Ta­tum at­tempted just four 3-point­ers, in­clud­ing the half-court shot, dur­ing the en­tire event.

First, Ta­tum edged the vet­eran Con­ley af­ter fall­ing be­hind due to a missed pass.

Ta­tum fell be­hind yet again while fac­ing Jo­kic, but he topped the Den­ver Nuggets cen­ter by nail­ing his first shot. Jo­kic had some fun with the sopho­more as the match ended.

Not a bad night for a player who en­tered the event as a rel­a­tive long shot with + 600 odds, tied for the third-worst mark be­hind only Kyle Kuzma and Nikola Vuce­vic. Not bad at all.

The cam­era­man in this pic­ture was closer to the bas­ket than Jayson Ta­tum dur­ing his win­ning shot.

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