HOUSTON, Texas. - Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard wins Skills Challenge during the NBA All-Star weekend events.
The Portland Trail Blazers point guard took the All-Star weekend skills competition Saturday night, beating Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Jrue Holiday in the final round.
Lillard the sixth pick out of Weber State, skilled through the course of passes, jump shots, dribbling and a layup easily in both rounds.
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Lillard's 29.8-second final round won easily against Holiday, who completed the course in 35.6 seconds, with two missed jump shots and two missed passes.
Defending champion Tony PArker of the San Antonio Spurs was the favorite to repeat, but he finished the course with the worst time of 48.7 seconds and was eliminated during the first round. \
Lillard edged Jeremy Lin of the host Houston Rockets for the Western Conference's spot in the finals. Lillard finished in 28.8 seconds, Lin finished 7 seconds behind.