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Donovan Mitchell unleashes his best moves to win Slam Dunk Contest

LeBron James Donovan Mitchell unleashes his best moves to win Slam Dunk Contest
Samantha Long | 21 February, 2018, 03:59

Now he's the favorite to win the NBA Slam Dunk contest during All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m., TNT).

Now Mitchell moves on to bigger things-he's tasked with helping the Jazz make some potential postseason noise before showing up at the contest next year as a defending champion.

Mitchell set the tone with a 48 on his opening dunk. All told, Mitchell won the Contest with two dunks that achieved flawless 10 scores from all five judges-the Kevin Hart leap and the self-oop-and was a combined five points short of ideal scores on the other two.

First, Nance talked about the differences in playing with LeBron as opposed to playing against him.

Then the score is supposed to reset to zero right?

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He jumped from behind the backboard, the side of the backboard, at an angle, straight on, from the free throw line. The 5-7 guard defied gravity, physical possibilities and the human mind on his way to winning the 1986 Dunk Contest.

Then came Nance's huge moment.

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Smith's second dunk resulted in the first flawless score of the night, and deservedly so. It will be at his former National Basketball Association home, the Staples Center, as Nance was recently traded from the Lakers to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But we'll let it slide for now, even though it was an egregious error, and see how it played out. In many of Nance's dunks, his powerful dunking style showed through and, more times than not, seemed to help raise his score.

Rookie sensation and ex-Cardinal Donovan Mitchell stole the show on All-Star Saturday Night. He took off his jersey to unveil a retro Vince Carter Toronto Raptors jersey. After missing a harder dunk, he went with a relatively simple double-pump reverse. He replicated to near perfection. It's a risky approach because it doesn't guarantee you'll make it there. He tried making up for it by putting on the Black Panther mask for his second dunk, but after missing the first attempt the prop lost its buzz, and Victor unfortunately disappointed fans overall. When you combine that, with a heated bout with Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins and needing a 50 to win, the dunk has taken on a life of its own. Nance's last dunk of the night will be divisive in terms of quality.

Mitchell edged Nance Jr.

Mitchell held on to beat Cleveland's Larry Nance Jr.in the final round to win the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk title with LaVine and Gordon in attendance. Nance Jr.'s father defeated Erving in the inaugural competition in 1984. He finished it up with his dad's signature cradle dunk and you know what he got for a score. 44.

"I wanted this so badly", Mitchell said. "A lot of guys are afraid to get in the dunk contest because they may not win and it'll hurt their brand".

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