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Damian Lillard and Trey Burke Win Skills Competition

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Damian Lillard won the first of his three events on All-Star Saturday night.

There were two teams representing the Eastern and Western Conference’s and Lillard teamed up with Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz, whom he faced last night in the Rising Stars game.

Lillard and Burke defeated the Eastern finalists of Victor Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams by one-tenth of a second, 45.2 to 45.3.

This is Lillard’s second time winning the Skills Competition, even in the different format.

For my money, the relay aspect actually added some excitement to the event. So, good on you, NBA.

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.