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Aaron Gordon took the ball off the head of Magic mascot Stuff, who was on a hoverboard. Gordon then put it through his legs and scored a 49, with only Shaq failing to give him a 10.

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Steve Nash kicked it up soccer style to Andre Drummond, who threw down a windmill. But the number of attempts it took hurt his score, and he got a 39.

Zach LaVine's first dunk ...

Had Jon Stewart like ...


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You are making that nobody will want to participate to the contest... They should just let you dunk 50 different times.

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No theatrics for Zach LaVine, who wowed the crowd by going behind his back in mid-air and finishing on the opposite side of the rim. He made it look easy, and scored a perfect 50.

Slam Dunk Contest: 1st dunk scores

  • Aaron Gordon: 45
  • Will Barton: 44
  • Andre Drummond: 36
  • Zach LaVine: 50

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Aaron Gordon came out in a tearaway tux, then pulled off the between the legs dunk that Andre Drummond couldn't - minus the catch off the bounce. He scored a 45.

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Andre Drummond tried to go through the legs twice, missing both times, before settling for a simpler dunk off the bounce. He scored a 36.

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Will "The Thrill" Barton entered to "Thriller", complete with zombie dancers, then scored a 44 on his first dunk, going through the and finishing with two hands. The low score shocked the arena.

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Judging the dunk contest will be George Gervin, Tracy McGrady, Dikembe Mutombo, Shaquille O'Neal, and Magic Johnson, who earned the biggest ovation of the group.

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The in-arena entertainment featured a kids dunk contest with Chris Paul Jr. throwing down an alley oop from - who else? - Kevin Hart.

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Klay Thompson on Steph Curry, who he beat in the final of the 3-point shootout: "He makes me better every day in practice."

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The 3-Point Shootout trophy is staying in the Bay, but it now belongs to Klay Thompson, who was a perfect 5-for-5 on the money ball rack to finish with 27 points.

3-point competition results

  • 1st: Klay Thompson (27-point final round)
  • 2nd: Steph Curry (23-point final round)
  • 3rd: Devin Booker (16-point final round)

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Silento is here performing his hit song "Watch Me" as the crowd dances along. And yes, that dancing crowd includes Dikembe Mutombo.

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Devin Booker posts a score of 12 in a 30-second shootout, beating J.J. Redick and James Harden to advance to the final of the 3-point shootout, where he'll face the Splash Bros.

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Steph Curry electrified the crowd, making 11 in a row at one point and draining a money ball at the buzzer to advance to the final.

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Kyle Lowry puts up a 15 and gets eliminated, but still gets a huge ovation from the crowd.

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Devin Booker overcame a dismal start to finish with a 20, tying him with James Harden and J.J. Redick for second with two shooters left in the first round of the 3-point shootout.

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Fresh off his strong performance in the Celebrity Game, Jason Sudeikis is here with fiancée Olivia Wilde.

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James Harden licked his hand right before releasing his final shot, putting up a score of 20 in the 3-point contest. That's tied for 2nd behind Klay Thompson (22) after 3 shooters.