Zach LaVine shuts out Paul Piece in inaugural HORSE Challenge


Quigley (class of 2008) joined WNBA legend Tamika Catchings, Paul, Zach Lavine, Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups, Trae Young and Mike Conley in the tournament, broadcasted remotely from each player's home.

"Mr. Big Shot" started slowly, earning two letters in his first four shots and falling behind HOR to nothing before he found his legs.

Billups sealed the deal by hitting a 3-point shot off the glass, which Young missed badly. Paul got all the way to H-O-R before Quigley missed one of Paul's shots.

© Jesse Johnson, USA TODAY Sports Trae Young is the favorite to win the HORSE competition. Conley pulled out the win with only H, and made some great shots along the way. He also did a left-handed layup while above the rim, without touching it. It didn't hurt that Conley was in controlled conditions indoors while Catchings was dealing with wind and other elements outside. LaVine tapped the backboard with the ball before finishing his shot on the other side of the trim twice during his bout with Pierce. When Catchings did have control of the game, her shots weren't hard for Conley to match, and he ended the game with only an H.

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But Paul was done in less by deadeye shooting and more by giving away control of the game.

A knockout tournament, today's action saw Chauncey Billups, Allie Quigley, Mike Conley and Zach LaVine advance to the semi-finals of the event which will continue later this week.

LaVine used an array of trick shots to keep the 10-time All-Star off balance from the start, the Celtic champion eliminated without getting a letter on his younger opponent. Paul attempted a comeback but Quigley extinguished it with the free-throw bank to end the quest of the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard.

Sure, it seemed like a good idea to have NBA and WNBA players show off their quarantine basketball skill sets for sports-deprived fans, but no one realized how boring - and weirdly awkward - it would be. "I see her hair blowing in the wind and I know it is cold in IN right now", Conley said.