10:56 p.m. — Conley just called game with the floater behind the back board that went in. It’s a wrap. See ya later, LaVine. Conley is the champion. Good night! Conley beat LaVine with a multitude of shots, mostly because he
10:50 p.m. — They’re really dragging this one out ... LaVine is one letter away from being eliminated and Conley has the ball. The Jazz guard has a chance to end it and take home the crown while also letting us go to sleep. Please Mike Conley, get it done.
10:38 p.m. — LaVine just hit a bank shot from long range and Conley has another letter at H-O. LaVine just missed another shot and Conley is back in control. LaVine has H-O-R. This one could come down to a final shot.
10:18 p.m. — Uh oh, LaVine is in trouble! Conley is already up two letters, but LaVine just got a break by getting the ball back.
Final Update — LaVine made easy work of Quigley and ended up winning by two letters. He’ll go on to face Conley in the finals.
9:55 p.m. — Quigley just gave LaVine H-O and she’s in control after the Bulls guard missed a bank shot sitting down.
9:46 p.m. — LaVine just went with the between the legs layup and that was tough for Quigley to get in. She missed and LaVine gives Quigley her first letter.
9:40 p.m. — Conley just made easy work of Billups and he’s into the finals. Next up is LaVine vs. Quigley.
The NBA H-O-R-S-E Challenge continues on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET with the semifinals, leading into the finals. We’ve got four contestants remaining after the first round and both matchups are set. Chauncey Billups will take on Mike Conley in the first head-to-head and Zach LaVine will go up against Allie Quigley. We’ll be tracking all the action live, providing updates and dropping in highlights as well as recapping each match.
In the first round, Billups upset the favorite Trae Young with a comeback performance. The old timer wasn’t getting enough credit heading into the competition. Conley was up against Tamika Catchings and was able to get the W, doing the contest from an empty gym. LaVine took down former Celtics great Paul Pierce in a clean sweep. Quigley knocked off Chris Paul with some creativity to advance to the next round. Here are some highlights.
Mike Conley vs. Chauncey Billups
Conley gave Billups the first letter of the game with a bank shot from beyond the arc on the right wing to get things started. Then he followed up with a swish from behind the rim and a 360 shot off of one leg from the corner to build a three-letter lead over the Billups. Billups rebounded with a bank shot from the top of the key to cut the lead and avoid being swept though. Conley wouldn’t let Billups string together two wins in a row and made an off-hand shot from deep to give Billups an S. Conley finished Billups off with a granny shot from the free throw line to advance to the finals, where he’ll face either Zach LaVine or Allie Quigley.