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Victor Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams fell to Damian Lillard and Trey Burke in the finals of the Taco Bell Skills Challenge by one tenth of a second as Trey Burke just beat the gun after missing several jump shots from the top of the key.
Oladipo needed two attempts to get past the chest pass station and that slowed him down and he double clutched on his final dunk attempt. Those precious seconds cost his team the win. So too did Michael Carter-Williams needing three attempts at the pass station. Their time was considerably slower than their first round time.
There is a bit of controversy borne out of the Skill Competition however. A tweet from a loyal Magic fan claims that the duo tied Lillard and Burke:
Oladipo and Carter-Williams, with Oladipo prodding his teammate on, challenged Lillard and Burke to a rematch next year.
Oladipo and Carter-Williams defeated Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan in the first round with a time of 43.3 seconds. Oladipo compelted the course in about 22 seconds, missing two jumpers in the jump-shooting segment as his only hiccup in the opening round.
Oladipo improved in the second round, completing the obstacle course in about 20 seconds.
Arron Afflalo came next in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, scoring 15 points thanks to a 4-for-5 effort in the money ball rack from the left corner. He was quickly eliminated by Wizards sharpshooter Bradley Beal, who recorded the only 20 of the first round with 21 points in the opening round.
Marco Belinelli defeated Beal in the final 24-18 in a shootout after the two tied in the first final.no comments