NBA Skills Challenge 2013: Damian Lillard Wins All-Star Event

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 16, 2013

The 2013 NBA Skills Challenge champion is Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Eastern Conference squad was made up of Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks, Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons and Jrue Holiday of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Western Conference was represented by Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets, Lillard and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.

The West looked certain to take the first round after a lackluster showing from the East and solid times from Lin and Lillard, but Parker's time of 48.7 seconds was a dreadful performance that ended the West's hopes of victory in the team portion of the program.

Teague (49.4), Knight (32.2) and Holiday (29.3) combined for a time of one minute and 50 seconds that ended up being enough to win.

The final consisted of Holiday and Lillard, who posted the best times from the first round.

Holiday started the championship round but was unable to best his first-round score. The Sixers guard only mustered up a time of 35.6. His biggest problem came at the three-point shot from the top of the key.

Lillard was able to capitalize on Holiday's inability to drain the three-point shot quickly and ran through the course with a time of 29.8 seconds, which was a second slower than his first-round total.

The Blazers guard had a rather uneventful round and drained his three-pointer from the top of the key in just one try. That was no doubt the difference in this exciting showdown.

Lillard was able to salvage 10 points for the West on the event leaderboard as the East picked up 30, thanks to its team victory in the Skills Challenge.

After two events, the East is leading 40-30.