Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie called it: He "didn't come here to lose."
Dinwiddie won the NBA Skills Challenge Saturday night, beating three straight opponents in a series of passing and shooting competitions en route to victory. He rallied in the first two rounds to beat Buddy Hield of the Kings and Jamal Murray of the Nuggets respectively. In the final round, Dinwiddie held on to beat Lauri Markkanen of the Bulls.
The win was a full-circle moment for Dinwiddie, who has been all over the place in his young career.
"It's big for me to even be at All-Star weekend considering the road that's been in my career, very up and down," Dinwiddie told The Post's Marc Berman. "Obviously being in the G-League both on assignment and as a G-League player. Thanks to the Brooklyn Nets for giving me the opportunity. It all really feels and seems full circle because I got to come home and do it in front of my family."
Dinwiddie's victory came one year after Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks won the same competition. Dinwiddie joined former Net Jason Kidd, who was announced a Hall of Fame finalist just before he won, as the only two Nets players to win the competition. Kidd won the Skills Challenge in 2003.
Dinwiddie's teammates chimed in on social media to congratulate him after the event.
Congratulations @SDinwiddie_25 on the win in the skills challenge!!- Jarrett Allen (@_bigjayy_) February 18, 2018
Yeaaaaaa @SDinwiddie_25- R.HollisJefferson (@IAmCHAP24) February 18, 2018
Yeaaaaaaaa Spence!!!- Quincy Acy (@QuincyAcy) February 18, 2018
The 24-year-old Dinwiddle has averaged a career-high 13.6 points and 6.7 assists per game through 58 games for the Nets this season. He is on pace to play the most games of his four-year NBA career.