NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2016: Best Highlights and Reaction from Zach LaVine’s Win

February 14th, 2016 by Chris Roling Leave a reply »

The Splash Brothers looked like a pebble dropping into the ocean by the time Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon got done breathing new life into the Slam Dunk Contest.

LaVine, a 20-year-old leader of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Gordon, also 20 and of which there isn't much of a comparison after forcing his way into the starting lineup with the Orlando Magic, made the globe recite one sentence by the end of Saturday night: The Slam Dunk Contest is back.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson put on a show in a teammate-versus-teammate affair in the Three-Point Contest, but it wound up not even coming close to what LaVine and Gordon accomplished.

And while LaVine gets the "eventual" tag in front of his name for going on to defend his title by taking home some individual hardware, the escalating arms race created by Gordon brought back an intensity between two guys perhaps not seen since Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa went at it for the home run crown.

LaVine started off strong to go ahead and show the world he'd be one of the finalists:

Gordon did much of the same, providing some Toronto-inspire ...

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