Though the NBA All-Star Game takes place Sunday, for true basketball fans, the real action always happens during the prior Saturday's Slam Dunk Contest.
With greats such as Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Nate Robinson, and the Dab-inventing Dee Brown among the winners, it's no surprise why. Dunking is kind of the skill to have if you want to be among the best of the best ballers.
But don't think dunking is something only seven-footers can do. The 5-foot-7 Spud Webb, then of the Atlanta Hawks, dominated the competition and took home the trophy in 1986.
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Their epic duel involved six dunks apiece from the two pros, with the final round being an "overtime," given that the two earned consecutive perfect scores. (Our theory: the judges actually wanted to see more and kept the two going. But we digress ...)
They were well-deserved ... especially with moves like this:
These guys are flying first class!
And we're all for any dunk that involves a team mascot.
The match-up between Gordon and LaVine sent Twitter into a frenzy.
Check out some of the tweets below:
Eventually, it was LaVine who took the top honor, winning the Slam Dunk Contest for his second consecutive year.
But the margin was narrow between the two players, and the bar has just been set higher after their spectacular displays of athleticism.
Check out LaVine and Gordon's dunk highlights below:
Do you agree that LaVine should have won? Or should Gordon have been crowned King of the Court? Let us know in the comments.
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