With defending champion Tony Parker in the skills challenge along with Jermey Lin, Brandon Knight, Jeff Teague, and Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday had his work cut out for him in the Skills Challenge.
In the first round he blew through the course with a time of 29.3 seconds. Teague did the worst by missing a layup and finishing at 49.4, defending champion Parker struggled with shooting from the top of the key and finished with a time of 48.7, and Lin found a rhythm throughout the challenges and finished with an average time of 35.8 seconds,
Lastly Lillard flew through the challenges like a horse racing with blinders on and completed the Skills Challenge with a quick 28.8 seconds. Holliday and Lillard had the top two times and advanced to the Skills Challenge Final.
The rules and course were the same from the first skills challenge and the goal was easy. Be the fastest and win points for your conference, and get a nice trophy. On top of that each player had a chance to win a scholarship for a student.
Because of having the second best time, Holiday went first in the final. He completed the challenge slower, but still with a competitive time of 35.8 seconds. Just like he did his first time, Lillard sped through the course en route to the Skills Champion title with a time of 29.8.
For both players, it is their first All-Star appearance and both did great. Holiday seemed to be the favorite coming in, but we should all know that in sports sometimes, the favorite of an event does not always win.