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Sport Zion's dunks leave backboard tilted at Rising Star Challenge

06:15  15 february  2020
06:15  15 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Zion Williamson was made for the All- Star weekend environment. Given his explosiveness and the lax defensive attitude most players bring to every game Williamson is so strong and so explosive that he actually managed to bend the backboard with the force of his dunk . Not since Shaquille O'Neal broke

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CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 14: Zion Williamson #1 of Team USA dunks the ball against Team World during the 2020 NBA All-Star Rising Stars Game on February 14, 2020 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)© Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Image CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 14: Zion Williamson #1 of Team USA dunks the ball against Team World during the 2020 NBA All-Star Rising Stars Game on February 14, 2020 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Zion Williamson was made for the All- Star weekend environment. Given his explosiveness and the lax defensive attitude most players bring to every game Williamson is so strong and so explosive that he actually managed to bend the backboard with the force of his dunk . Not since Shaquille O'Neal broke

The New Orleans Pelicans rookie star caught several highlight-reel alley-oops that left the crowd in awe shortly before halftime.

The dunks also appeared to temporarily damage some equipment in the process.

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After an alley-oop connection from Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant at the 1:34 mark of the second quarter, the backboard was visibly shaking. By the time Trae Young found Williamson for another thunderous slam with 1:09 remaining, the backboard wasn’t only shaking — it was left tilted.

Williamson then caught a between-the-legs alley-oop from Morant to send the crowd into a frenzy. As the teams went into halftime following a Luka Doncic half-court 3-pointer with one second left, the backboard was still tilted.

The backboard was readjusted at halftime by Spaulding, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. They were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

Williamson, whose size (6-6, 285 lbs) and power helped make him the No. 1 pick last summer, had 10 points in the first half to pace the U.S. team against Doncic’s World team.

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