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Zion Williamson tilts backboard with dunks at Rising Stars Challenge

CHICAGO — It didn’t take long for Zion Williamson to make a lasting impression at the NBA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans rookie star caught several highlight-reel alley-oops that left the crowd in awe shortly before halftime.

The dunks also appeared to temporarily damage some equipment in the process.

After an alley-oop connection from Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant at the 1:34 mark of the second quarter, the backboard was visibly shaking. By the time Trae Young found Williamson for another thunderous slam with 1:09 remaining, the backboard wasn’t only shaking — it was left tilted.



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