Pacers' Sabonis savors NBA All-Star weekend

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CHICAGO, Ill. - Domantas Sabonis is the only Pacer participating in the 2020 NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago. The first-time All-Star was selected as a reserve.

Sabonis may not have imaged himself in this position a few years ago. As a rookie in 2016, he averaged 5.9 points per game. The Pacers forward/center has tripled that stat this season, averaging 18.3 points per contest. His 12.5 rebounds per game rank sixth across the league.

Sabonis finished runner-up in the skills challenge Saturday at the United Center. He beat Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, the reigning skills challenge champion, in the first round. Sabonis beat Bucks forward Khris Middleton in the second round, but fell to Heat center Bam Adebayo in the final round.

The All-Star game tips off Sunday at 8 p.m.

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