Four of the NBA's top high-flyers took the court at the United Center earlier tonight for All-Star Saturday Night's main event—the Slam Dunk Contest.
When Aaron Gordon shows up to dunk, we're probably going to witness an epic contest. Once again, the three-time participant was involved in a contest that some are saying is one of the all-time greats. Dwight Howard played on nostalgia, donning his 'Superman' cape again, with a subtle nod to Kobe Bryant. Pat Connaughton of the Milwaukee Bucks silenced his critics, channeling Billy Hoyle of White Men Can't Jump to throw down a few impressive dunks. But the two participants everyone is talking about are Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr., who went head-to-head in a battle that rivaled the Gordon vs. LaVine contest in 2016.
Gordon posted perfect scores of 50 through the first two rounds, as Jones applied pressure by breaking out dunks never seen before in the contest. The two went to a dunk-off, which was won by Jones after judges questionably awarded Gordon's dunk over 7′ 5″ Tacko Fall a 47. Jones undoubtedly deserved his piece of the trophy after a stellar performance, but many are saying that Gordon was robbed of his for the second time. An amazing way to cap off the night nonetheless.
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