Zach LaVine captured his second straight slam dunk title on Saturday night, but really we all won.
LaVine and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon put to bed rumors of the dunk contest’s demise with a thrilling back and forth, only ending after two tiebreakers decided LaVine would defend his title. He’s just the fourth player to win the NBA’s slam dunk contest in consecutive seasons, the first since Nate Robinson in 2009-2010.
The Timberwolves’ second-year guard got the Toronto crowd going with a variation of his first dunk last year. Both received perfect scores of ’50.’
Later, Gordon threw down perhaps the night’s best dunk: a 360 windmill with the ball plucked off his team’s rotating mascot. This one was also ridiculous.
LaVine countered with a similar slam in the final round, which forced overtime.
After another pair of ’50’ scores, LaVine and Gordon were forced to improvise. With his final dunk, Gordon got creative.
And LaVine took home the hardware by going between the legs from just beyond the free-throw line.