Aaron Gordon misplaced one other epic dunk contest. And it was by a few inches — specifically, the highest of Tacko Fall’s head.
Derrick Jones Jr. lastly received his long-awaited dunk contest title as an exclamation level to an scintillating All-Star Saturday Night time, each for him and the Miami Warmth. Jones and Gordon wanted a dunk-off to resolve a winner, Jones prevailing 48-47 within the one which decided who left with the trophy.
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Miami’s Bam Adebayo gained the abilities title as properly, and Sacramento’s Buddy Hield took the 3-point crown. Their wins have been absolute, with out ambiguity: the ball entering into instructed the story. However the dunk contest — very similar to the one between Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins in Chicago 32 years earlier — got here all the way down to the judges’ name.
Gordon brushed towards the again of Fall’s head, and that was sufficient to sway three of the judges — they gave 9s, and that mixed with two 10s added to the ultimate 47. Jones mentioned he would have settled for an additional dunk-off spherical.
“He clipped Tacko’s head when he did that dunk, so I knew they could not have gave him a 50 for that one,” mentioned Jones, who was within the dunk contest in 2017 as properly. “I might have revered it in the event that they gave him one other 48, so we will go once more.”
Factor is, it wasn’t clear if they might have dunked once more…