Thompson, Timberwolves dominate All-Star Saturday

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The Golden Warriors have dominated the NBA this season, while the Minnesota Timberwolves have the third-worst record in the West. But those two disparate teams dominated All-Star Saturday Night in Toronto. Here's what you need to know about the three contests...

• Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns opened the night by winning the Skills challenge. The seven-footer is the tallest winner in the event's 14-year history, eight inches taller than two-time winner Dwyane Wade and 2003 champion Jason Kidd.

• Towns continued a recent trend in Skills winners. This marked the seventh straight year that the winner has come from a Western Conference team. The most recent Eastern Conference winner was Derrick Rose in 2009.

Klay Thompson won his first Three-Point Contest, beating Warriors teammate Stephen Curry by draining all five money balls on his final rack. Curry won the three-point title last season, making he and Thompson the first pair of teammates to win the Three-Point Contest in consecutive seasons.

• Thompson had 27 points in the final round to tie the single-round record Curry set last year. The previous record of 25 was set in 1986 by Craig Hodges and tied by Jason Kapono in 2008. Keep in mind that the money-ball rack (with four additional points) was introduced in 2014.

• Thompson is the sixth player to win the Three-Point Contest as a member of the team with the best record at the All-Star break. He prevented Curry from joining Larry Bird as the only reigning MVPs to win the Three-Point Contest.

• Minnesota's Zach LaVine defeated Aaron Gordon in a dunk-off to win the Slam Dunk Contest for the second straight year. LaVine is the sixth player to win multiple dunk contests and the fourth to do so in consecutive years, joining Nate Robinson (2009-10), Jason Richardson (2002-03) and Michael Jordan (1987-88).

• The only other player from the Minnesota Timberwolves to win the Slam Dunk Contest was Isaiah Rider in 1994.

• This was the first time that one team has had both the Slam Dunk Contest winner and the Skills Challenge winner (the Skills Challenge began in 2003).

• Gordon posted consecutive perfect scores in the finals to force the dunk-off. He nearly joined Dwight Howard as the only Orlando Magic players to win the Slam Dunk Contest.