Karl-Anthony Towns causes upset to win NBA All-Star Skills Challenge

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When it was announced earlier this year that the 2016 version of the All-Star weekend Skills Challenge would include big men for the first time, there were a few raised eyebrows.

Fans, analysts and fellow players were intrigued to see how the likes of Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green and Karl-Anthony Towns would do against the more agile guards that usually make up the obstacle course-based event.

Big night for the big men

The answer, as it turns out, is very well. That's after Towns was crowned champion of the event - beating Boston Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas in the final round.

To begin the competition, the bigs were separated from the guards. Towns saw off Draymond Green in the first round before defeating DeMarcus Cousins in the semi-final - the Timberwolves rookie making his first chest pass and three-point attempt to secure his place in the final.

On the other side of the draw, Thomas progressed past, first, Emmanuel Mudiay and then C.J. McCollum to set up a final against the 2015 draft's first overall pick.

Coming down to the three-point shot, Towns was able to drain his shot from the arc before Thomas. He was immediately mobbed by his fellow bigs after the clinching shot.

"This is bigger than me," he said after the event. "This is for all the bigs out there, with the game changing the way it is, to show that bigs can stand up with guards skill-wise."

The change up to the event for this year's All-Star weekend certainly seemed to go down well with fans, and Towns' winning effort surely secures its return in 2017.

Minnesota Timberwolves
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Karl-Anthony Towns
Isaiah Thomas
Boston Celtics
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference

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