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Adande: Best. Dunk contest. Ever!

Who needs "big names"? Not when you have the NBA's two best dunkers -- Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon -- putting on the greatest show in the event's history.

51mKevin Pelton

Grades: LaVine repeats in epic Dunk contest

In a slam dunk contest that needed two extra rounds, Minnesota's Zach LaVine outlasted Aaron Gordon to firmly establish his place as one of the greatest dunk contestants in NBA history.

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Draft rankings: Ben Simmons, new lottery pick

Is Ben Simmons still the prize of the NBA draft? Who are the other lottery picks? Who is rising? Chad Ford has his latest Top 30 in NBA draft Big Board 5.0.

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No contest: Study shows shooters better than ever

Steph Curry vs. Larry Legend. Are today's 3-point shooters greater than their predecessors? The answer can be found from watching NBA 3-point contests, Tom Haberstroh writes.

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Draft rankings: Ben Simmons, new lottery pick

Is Ben Simmons still the prize of the NBA draft? Who are the other lottery picks? Who is rising? Chad Ford has his latest Top 30 in NBA draft Big Board 5.0.

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Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design

Friday Flashback: NBA All-Star Game uniform design has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Paul Lukas explores the history of the showcase game's uniforms.

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2dMartin Bater | ESPNDeportes.com

Al Horford is a Hawk in flight

The Atlanta Hawks center would value an NBA title slightly more than an Olympic gold medal.

Final seconds, who's taking the shot? You or Steph? (1:32)
Kobe Bryant's All-Star accomplishments (2:35)
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All-Time #NBArank countdown: Air Jordan soars above all

The rings. The dunks. The shoes. The GOAT. There's only one Michael Jordan. And after 99 legends of the game graced our list, His Airness has risen as the undisputed champ of All-Time #NBArank.

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3dNBA Insiders

Trade talk: Predicting biggest trades in West

Will the Clippers move Blake Griffin? What about the Rockets and Dwight Howard? Our experts break down potential deals in the Western Conference heading toward the NBA trade deadline.


TrueHoop Presents: Why LA keeps Kobe on the court

In Kobe Bryant's 20th season, an army of Lakers trainers and therapists knead and bend and pull him onto the court. Why they do it isn't just for the obvious reasons, it keeps the team's despair under the radar. Reanimation of Kobe

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Over a mascot, under the legs, into history

Aaron Gordon jumped over Stuff the Magic Dragon, then put the ball under BOTH legs for the slam.


Between the legs, just inside the line

That's what Zach LaVine needed to do to win a dunk-off.


Star players to join forces under new cap?

J.A. Adande says the salary-cap jump may prompt star players to join forces on teams already loaded with multiple max-contract players.


Think Gordon deserved 1st? So did his bro

Drew Gordon, brother of second-place slam dunk finisher Aaron Gordon, made it crystal clear on Twitter that he thought Aaron deserved the crown. Phone smashing involved


Gordon times a perfect 360 dunk

Aaron Gordon dunked the ball from Stuff the Magic Dragon, who was spinning on a hoverboard.


Vince Carter tribute draws technical

Carter performed this slam in a dunk contest. Memphis' Shaq Goodwin did it in a game.


SC Featured: The meaning of Miyah

Wizards star John Wall wanted to help 6-year-old Miyah, who battled non-Hodgkin lymphoma, meet Nicki Minaj. And then a powerful friendship was formed.


Towns upsets in Skills Challenge win

Karl-Anthony Towns defeated Isaiah Thomas to win the 2016 All-Star Skills Challenge. It was the first year big men were invited to participate.


NBA players couldn't believe the dunk duel

Tweets from the NBA proved just how important Saturday night was for the future of the dunk contest. 'Zach stop it'


Around-the-back reverse jam

Zach LaVine 's first dunk: around-the-back, reverse, one-handed. Perfect score.


Gordon's reverse windmill alley-oop

Aaron Gordon kicked off the dunk-off with a stunner.


3-point trophy stays in Splash Bros. family

Klay Thompson scored a 27 in the final round to topple Steph Curry's 23 and win the 3-point shootout. Curry won the trophy in 2015.


Muggsy picks potential 'Space Jam 2' lineup

Who better to pick the new lineup of players who have their talents taken than one of the originals, Muggsy Bogues? The future Monstars

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Free throw line alley-oop slam

How intense was the competition this year? Zach LaVine only got 49 points for this dunk.


LaVine defeats Gordon in dunk-off

How good was the 2016 dunk contest? Zach LaVine vs. Aaron Gordon had shades of the Michael Jordan vs. Dominique Wilkins '88 affair.


Photo of the night: Aaron Gordon wows

Score: 50 out of 50.


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Many people didn't want to have a knee-jerk reaction to what they'd just seen, but the general consensus in the media room was that was at least the best dunk contest final ever, and likely the best contest overall.