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The highlights of LaVine’s final round included a windmill jam from the free-throw line, a through-the-legs dunk from just below the free-throw line and a through-the-legs reverse bucket starting from under the baseline. LaVine earned 50-point scores for each dunk in the final as judges Shaquille O’Neal, Tracy McGrady, Magic Johnson, Dikembe Mutombo and George Gervin were ecstatic after each finish. Gordon did close to the same when he put away a pair of incredible dunks with the help of the Magic mascot (one of which saw him put the ball under both legs), but his final dunk apparently wasn’t up to snuff. The judges gave him a 47-point score to set LaVine up for the win. “I don’t know what we just did, but that was creative,” LaVine said after the victory.
LaVine, who graduated from nearby Bothell High School and played one year at UCLA before being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with pick No. 13 in the 2014 draft, beat out Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in an electrifying final round that saw the duo duel for eight total dunks. “We should share the trophy, because [Gordon] did some stuff I’ve never seen before,” LaVine said after his through-the-legs dunk from just inside the free-throw line helped him take home the title.
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With the win, LaVine becomes the first competitor since Nate Robinson to win back-to-back contests, as pointed out on TSN on Saturday night. “Yeah, me, J-Rich [Jason Richardson], Jordan and Nate, back-to-back titles,” he said. “You know, it’s really cool to be put in with those names. It’s a blessing. You know at such a young age, I feel like I’m on the right path. Just try to keep getting better and better and keep accomplishing things that are instilled in me and my goals.”