Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley’s ability to use both hands propelled him to the win in the NBA’s first HORSE competition as he beat Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine for the title.
Conley took the title “H-O” to “H-O-R-S-E” in the championship round, which aired Thursday night.
With the sports world halted by the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA, National Basketball Players Association and ESPN teamed up to create the single-elimination NBA HORSE Challenge to provide fans with entertainment. And State Farm, the title sponsor, will donate more than $200,000 in support of coronavirus response efforts.
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As the only one out of the eight contestants to play on an indoor basketball court, in Columbus, Ohio, Conley advanced to the final by eliminating former WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings and then former NBA star Chauncey Billups in their semifinal.
He started the championship round by converting a difficult trick shot.
The Jazz point guard drove from the left side of the basket and threw a right-handed behind-and-over-the-back bank shot that went in.
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