Zach LaVine repeated as the NBA dunk champion, but thanks to some spectacular dunks by both LaVine and Aaron Gordon, it was a contest for the ages and suddenly TNT’s showcase has become must-watch again.
By the end of the night, many were calling for co-champions in an event that was reminiscent of the Michael Jordan-Dominique Wilkins dunk contest back in 1988. That is, this one was spectacular and we were all winners.
Below, we recap the 12 best dunks of the night, via TNT.
Aaron Gordon made it clear early on that this was not going to be easy for Zach LaVine.
But LaVine brought his A-game.
This one took several takes, but Steve Nash’s assist was still sweet.
Uh oh, Gordon brought out a mascot and it was game on.
But LaVine went old school with a twist, the free throw line alley-oop.
As others mentioned, LaVine won, but Gordon’s dunks are the ones we’ll remember.
The mascot again. Look at how high Gordon gets.
By this point, everybody was calling for a tie.
Fly, Gordon, fly!
On many of these dunks, you need to see the replay to truly appreciate what happened.
It wasn’t his best dunk of the night, but LaVine only needed a 48 on this one and he got it to repeat as champion.