The NBA and ESPN continue to help satisfy our desire for live competition with the first round of the NBA HORSE Challenge in the books.
The Challenge is 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!
Billups will take on Conley Jr, while LaVine will face Quigley in the semis, which will take place on Friday, 6:30 a.m IST on ESPN.
MORE: Previewing each matchup of the opening round
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NBA Horse Challenge: Results & highlights
Group 1: Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups - Billups advances
The first matchup sees Young getting buckets in his driveway in Oklahoma, while Billups takes the court in his backyard in Denver!
Young took an early H-O-R lead over Billups after making his first free throw, a lefty floater off glass and a lefty free throw.
Billups hit right back, tying it up at H-O-R each with a one dribble, right leg three, a right corner three from behind the backboard, and a three from the top of the key.
🏀 NBA HORSE Challenge 🏀@1MrBigShot gets @TheTraeYoung to H-O-R with 3 straight makes!- NBA (@NBA) April 12, 2020
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Billups takes the lead with the underhand free throw. Young can't match and picks up his fourth letter!
Comeback complete! Billups banks in the triple and Young can't match. After being down three letters, Billups advances to the semi-finals!
"That's a way to respect your elders Trae," Billups jokingly said after the win.
🏀 NBA HORSE Challenge 🏀@1MrBigShot completes his opening-round comeback in the NBA Horse Challenge on ESPN! pic.twitter.com/A3JRRVIo1l- NBA (@NBA) April 12, 2020
Group 1: Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley Jr. - Conley Jr. advances
Conley Jr. is set up at his home gym in Columbus Ohio, while Catchings keeps it old school with the backyard hoop.
Catchings gets the first letter of the game after missing her chance to match Conley Jr.'s weak hand jumper.
Another two letters for Catchings after Conley Jr. gets the back dribble and spin into a three from the corner and weak hand free throw. Catchings (H-OR).
Catchings picks up another letter (H-O-R-S) after Conley Jr. makes the one-hand three from the right corner.
Conley Jr. misses the next shot and gives control to Catchings. She makes him pay, giving him his first letter after burying the three-pointer from the corner. He can't match.
.@MCONLEY10 gets tricky on his last shot and advances to the Semi-Finals!- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) April 12, 2020
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Conley Jr. seals the win with a weak hand layup running under the backboard and back over the top. What a way to finsih it!
Group 2: Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce - LaVine advances
Paul Pierce is set up with his Celtics court at home in Los Angeles, while LaVine is hooping in his backyard court in Washington.
It's a battle of craftiness vs. athleticism. LaVine puts in the reverse layup and Pierce matches, before hitting the between-the-legs into an underhand layup. Pierce misses and picks up his first letter.
PIerce picks up his second letter (H-O) after LaVine buries the right corner three. Pierce goes to the grass to match and misses.
Zach giving PP34 the work early!@ZachLavine: NO LETTERS@PaulPierce34: H-O- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 13, 2020
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LaVine getting fancy! He taps the backboard with his left hand and lays it in reverse! Pierce can't match, that's three letters for the Celtics legend (H-O-R).
Make that H-O-R-S for Pierce. LaVine hits the lefty layup, claiming he touched the rim. Pierce can't match. LaVine is putting his athleticism to good work.
LaVine shuts it down with the deep three from the left. Both players are off the court and onto the grass/dirt for this one, but PIerce can't get it to go.
The Bulls guard wins without picking up a single letter!
🏀 NBA HORSE Challenge 🏀- NBA (@NBA) April 13, 2020
"I'm in the dirt. Show him I'm in the dirt." @ZachLaVine wins in a familiar way... with a deep triple.
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Group 2: Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley - Quigley advances
Quigley calls out a bank shot free throw to start and knocks it down. CP3 matches
Paul matches Quigley's first two shots, a bank shot free throw and an elbow jumper, hopping off the left foot.
After matching the first few shots, we get our first letter. Quigley knocks down the corner three and Paul can't match (H).
Quigley gets creative, making the mid-range jumper while sitting on the court. Paul can't match and gets his second letter (H-O).
🏀 NBA HORSE Challenge 🏀@alliequigley knocks down the Pistol Pete Maravich homage‼️- NBA (@NBA) April 13, 2020
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CP3 gets back to basics and knocks down the free-throw. Quigley can't match and picks up her first letter of the game.
Quigley makes the one-dribble step back and Paul's attempt spins in and out, moving him to H-O-R. He quickly picks up another letter, after Quigley makes the elbow bank shot. Paul misses and is now down to his last letter. (H-O-R-S).
Chris Paul digs into his bag of tricks to give Quigley her second letter. He reaches back and grabs one leg with his back to the basket, spinning around to make the basket.
🏀 NBA HORSE Challenge 🏀- NBA (@NBA) April 13, 2020
Clever shot by @CP3 to stay afloat in Round 1!
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Paul's making his move now. He buries the runner and Quigley can't match. She's up to H-O-R now.
Quigley responds with a behind-the-backboard shot. Paul makes it to stay alive! She buries a three-pointer from the wing, but Paul comes up clutch again to stay in the game.
Quigley takes it to the free-throw line to try and close it out. She banks it home and Paul's attempts rims out. Quigley advances to the semi-finals!
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