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Zach LaVine slams another title

With his second straight title, Minnesota's Zach LaVine firmly established his place as one of the greatest dunk contestants in NBA history. Kevin Pelton hands out grades for an astounding battle.

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All-Star Grades: 3-point contest

Klay Thompson edged fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry to win the 3-point contest during All-Star Saturday night.

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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 Big Board: 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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Al Horford is a Hawk in flight

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

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Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design

Friday Flashback: NBA All-Star Game 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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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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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.

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Young: Heavy hearts in OKC

Playing a game offered an emotional escape for the Thunder and Pelicans as both teams were reeling from the death of Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, Royce Young writes.

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Zach LaVine tells ESPN's Sage Steele he'd never tried his final dunk before.

Free throw line alley-oop slam

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

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Gordon's reverse windmill alley-oop

Aaron Gordon kicked off the dunk off with a stunner.

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Zach LaVine says he thinks this was the best dunk contest ever.

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Zach LaVine says his favorite dunkers growing up were Michael Jordan, Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant. He wanted to defend his title because Jordan did.

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.

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Between the legs, just inside the line

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

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Gordon times a perfect 360 dunk

Aaron Gordon dunked the ball from Stuff the Magic Dragon, spinning on a hover board.

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Aaron Gordon on all the time he spent practicing with the Magic mascot: "Me and him are now like best friends."

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When asked if we'll have a rematch next year, Aaron Gordon said: "I kinda did a lot of dunks." But he adds he'd come back if invited in 2017.

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.

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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.

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Zach LaVine says of Aaron Gordon's dunks in the final: "That was some of the craziest stuff I've ever seen."

Around-the-back reverse jam

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

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One for the ages. Zach LaVine got the better of Aaron Gordon to claim his second slam dunk title in a row. [Credit: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE]

When the dunk contest goes to a dunk off

Even Drake was at a loss for words.

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Dunk contest champ Zach LaVine says: "I don't know what we just did. That was creative." Adds he thinks he and Aaron Gordon should share the trophy.

Slam dunk contest: Dunk off scores

  • Aaron Gordon: 50, 47
  • Zach LaVine: 50, 50
Zach LaVine repeats as Slam Dunk champion.

2 of 2: Slam dunk contest

Aaron Gordon roared.

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1 of 2: Slam dunk contest

Zach LaVine soared.

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Zach LaVine takes off from a foot inside the FT line then goes between his legs for another 50, and a second straight dunk contest title.

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Aaron Gordon put it all the way behind his head, then his legs, then dunked. But only a 47.