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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Dahntay Jones assists during dunk contest

By Tim MacMahon

A member of the Mavericks ended up participating in All-Star Weekend after all.

For some reason, Dahntay Jones was recruited out of the crowd to throw a sitting lob pass to Utah’s Jeremy Evans in the finals of the dunk contest. Evans jumped over Jones and threw down the dunk on the first try, a rare feat in this year’s contest.

There is no obvious connection between Jones and Evans, a rarely used third-year forward out of Western Kentucky. Perhaps Evans wanted to take advantage of the passing skills of Jones, who is averaging 0.6 assists per game this season, just down from his career average of 0.9.

Raptors rookie swingman Terrence Ross paid tribute to Mavs sixth man and former dunk champ Vince Carter by wearing Carter’s No. 15 Toronto jersey during his first dunk in the finals. Ross dethroned Evans, the defending champion.