Minnesota Timberwolves youngster Zach LaVine and Orlando Magic unknown Aaron Gordon treated the world in the NBA Slam-Dunk Contest on Saturday night.

By Robby Sabo

My oh my. Now that was an NBA Slam-Dunk Contest.

Gone are the days of prop-filled ridiculousness from the likes of Dwight Howard and Nate Robinson, and in is the actual art of dunking.

Finally, the actual talent and skill of dunking a basketball is back in the NBA Slam-Dunk Contest. It’s bring us back to a more nostalgic day filled with names such as Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan.

But that was then, and this is now.

The now includes the now two-time Dunk Champion Zach LaVine and the runner up from the newest edition, the seemingly unknown Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic.

While the contest started out in a very ho-hum sort of fashion, it ended with a bank. It took extra rounds of dunks for these two to settle things.

Here’s the contest winner from LaVine, as he went between-the-legs while taking off near the free-throw line:


The door was left open by Gordon after he only put up a 47 on his previous dunk:

And as you can see, it the judges probably underscored it.

Regardless, these two went at it all night long and put together the best head-to-head battle in the contest since the 1980s.

Here are some of the other highlights:

These guys brought the contest back to a purer form and simply put on a show.

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  1. Who the hell is Nate Robertson???? Do you get paid for writing these articles? You should at least get names right, especially the name of the only person to win the contest three times.