The NBA and ESPN continue to help satisfy our desire for live competition as the semi-final and final action of the NBA HORSE Challenge played out!
The Challenge was a single-elimination shooting competition featuring eight NBA and WNBA players and legends, competing from their home gyms/backyard courts.
Chauncey Billups, Mike Conley Jr., Zach LaVine and Allie Quigley advanced to the semi-finals after picking up victories in the first round!
What followed was some ridiculous shot making and plenty of highlights that culminated in the crowning of the 2020 NBA HORSE Challenge champion!
If you missed the action, catch up below with all the highlights and reaction!
Semi-Final 1: Chauncey Billups vs. Mike Conley Jr. -- Conley Jr. advances
"Respect your elders" was the call from Chauncey Billups as he eliminated Trae Young in the earlier rounds.
The former NBA All-Star will now meet Conely Jr. the veteran Utah Jazz guard in an intriguing matchup to determine who reaches the final.
-Conley puts Billups under early pressure by delivering an 'H-O' to the 2004 NBA Finals MVP.
-Billups knocks down the corner three from out-of-bounds to stay in the game but he is still trailing 'H-O-R to H'.
-Conley buries the off-hand triple and Billups can't respond. Billups is down to his LAST Letter!
-An underhand free-throw finishes the job and Conley hands Billups the H-O-R-S-E!
Top of the key. Spin off of one leg. One-legged three.@MCONLEY10 tried to get a letter on @1MrBigShot with this one. pic.twitter.com/Pwe4agSqDF- NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 17, 2020
Semi-Final 2: Zach LaVine vs. Allie Quigley -- LaVine advances
LaVine put Celtics legend, Paul Pierce under all sorts of pressure in the earlier rounds by completing shots that the retired former Finals MVP simply couldn't pull off.
It remains to be seen if Lavine will be as ruthles with WNBA star, Allie Quigley with a spot in the final on the line.
-LaVine hits Quigley with the between the legs reverse lay-up and Quigley has 'H'.
🏀 NBA HORSE Challenge 🏀@ZachLaVine gives @alliequigley an H with the between-the-legs reverse lay-in!- NBA (@NBA) April 17, 2020
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-We are all square at 'H-O' afte Quigley makes a shot from mid-range sitting down!
-Quigley hits one from behind the backboard and LaVine can't answer! Quigley now leads 'H-O' to 'H-O-R'.
-LaVine goes off the back board and finishes with the left hand revers to tie things up at 'H-O-R', before then hitting a 180 spinning jumpshot to take the lead.
-LaVine finishes the game by hitting an off the back board, through the legs lay-up. The Bulls guard will move on to the final!
Off the backboard and between the legs 👀- ESPN (@espn) April 17, 2020
With no dunks allowed, @ZachLaVine got creative on the layup to advance to the HORSE finals. pic.twitter.com/U3SYsdLsAY
Final: Mike Conley Jr. vs. Zach LaVine -- Conley wins HORSE Challenge
The HORSE final pits the athletic monster in LaVine against the ambidextrous Conley Jr.
-Conley starts with the casual left handed lay-up around the back and off the glass! LaVine can't answer and he picks up the 'H'.
-An eyes closed free-throw is the follow up from Conley and Lavine picks up a quick 'H-O'.
🏀 NBA HORSE Challenge 🏀- NBA (@NBA) April 17, 2020
- Behind-the-back lay-up off glass
- Eyes closed free-throw@MCONLEY10 gives @ZachLaVine a quick H-O in the championship matchup!
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/GnyEh8JBVF
-LaVine gets back into the contest by finishing a left hand reverse lay-up after touching the backboard with the ball on the right side of the rim.
-Conley extends his lead to 'H-O-R-' to 'H' with an off hand jumpshot.
🏀 NBA HORSE Challenge 🏀@MCONLEY10 gets @ZachLaVine to H-O-R with the off hand corner triple!- NBA (@NBA) April 17, 2020
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/yE4PmdjIfl
-A bank shot three from the top hands Conley a letter and LaVine attempts the comeback.
-Conley goes back to an old favourite: Spin the ball on the finger and punch it in the bucket off the glass. LaVine is now 'H-O-R-S'.
🏀 NBA HORSE Challenge 🏀@MCONLEY10 spins the ball on his finger and punches it in to get @ZachLaVine to H-O-R-S!- NBA (@NBA) April 17, 2020
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/HApOEAZdzA
-It's OVER! Conley goes back to another favourite with the lay-up from behind the backboard!
🏀 NBA HORSE Challenge 🏀@MCONLEY10 defeats @ZachLaVine H-O-R-S-E to H-O to become CHAMPION of the NBA Horse Challenge presented by State Farm! pic.twitter.com/FQrQ8FOs6r- NBA (@NBA) April 17, 2020
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