He then proceeded to miss three consecutive attempts before finally completing the dunk. Hield was second with 26 points, and Harris finished with 25 to grab the last spot in the finals.
"I didn't want to give Trae a chance", Tatum said. Curry was second with 24 in the finals, and Sacramento's Buddy Hield was third with 19 points.
This year's dunk competition, once the centerpiece of All-Star Saturday night, didn't exactly evoke memories of the glory years when Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Vince Carter reigned, but Hamidou Diallo provided enough highlights to make the event a must-see showcase at the Spectrum Center.
"The previous two rounds, the guy was ahead of me", Tatum said.
He brought the crowd at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to its feet and the judges responded by giving him a flawless 50 score.
Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics claimed the Skills Challenge title, seeing off Atlanta rookie Trae Young in the final. And in a weekend where the Curry family - Dell Curry is a former Charlotte star, Steph is a three-time National Basketball Association champion, Seth is in the league and mother Sonya beat them all by making an underhand half-court shot Friday - was celebrated, the trophy finish didn't happen.
That left Diallo as the night's final participant.
"Atmosphere was great", said Diallo, who ripped his jersey to reveal a Superman t-shirt after leaping over Shaq. He says he was 'just out here trying to have fun. And then he plucked the ball from Quavo as he went airborne for the dunk that sealed the title.
Tatum knocked off Mike Conley and Nikola Jokic en route to the title. Young beat Doncic in the semi-finals.