Back-to-back Slam Dunk champion Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon pushed each other and dueled to the finish, earning the praise and approval from fans and fellow players alike.
In case you were living under a rock, Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic and Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves fought in epic Verizon NBA Slam Dunk Contest on All Star Saturday in Toronto.
With both men tied at 100 after the initial two dunks, LaVine barely squeaked past Gordon to win the title – his second consecutive to join the likes of Nate Robinson (2009 and 2010), Jason Richardson (2002 and 2003), and Michael Jordan (1987 and 1988) as the only back-to-back winners of the contest.
Zach LaVine wins! He's the the fourth back-to-back Slam Dunk Contest winner. pic.twitter.com/hkQTKrMr3s
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 14, 2016
For those who followed the contest real time, each contestant’s dunks elicited an “oh-no-he-didn’t” reaction from the millions of users on Twitter who watched the dunk-off unfold.
Here are some of the top tweets from various names in sports, including NFL legend Terrell Owens:
The Slam Dunk finals did not disappoint. pic.twitter.com/Acisdxcnde
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 14, 2016
The dunk contest is back!!!
— Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) February 14, 2016
Best Dunk contest. Ever!!!
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) February 14, 2016
Best dunk contest I've ever seen in my life !
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) February 14, 2016
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 14, 2016
Best Slam Dunk contest in years. I slept on this. Didn't see it coming. Gordon and Levine are bringing it
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 14, 2016
Words do not do justice to how ridiculous that Slam Dunk final was. pic.twitter.com/UJd0izWEGQ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 14, 2016
SLAM DUNK EXCELLENT
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 14, 2016
Personally think NBA should have called it off a round ago and made it two Slam Dunk champions. End on high note. Both well deserving.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 14, 2016
This @nba slam dunk contest is RI-STUPI-DICULOUS!!! 🏀
— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) February 14, 2016
Best slam dunk contest I've seen in a long time. I would have given it to Gordon although Lavine was 💯 https://t.co/8vnWoCZNhp
— courtney (@CourtneySF) February 14, 2016