Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Watch Donovan Mitchell, Dennis Smith, Larry Nance Show Their Best

NBA star emulates dad with epic dunk contest slam NBA star emulates dad with epic dunk contest slam
Shannon Reynolds | 20 March, 2018, 08:03

Though the 13 overall pick in last year's draft might seem slightly undersized for a high-flying dunk champion, he showed more than enough athleticism to compete with the league's best.

Minutes earlier, Nance, who was trying to win the contest 34 years after his father won it, had earned a flawless 50 with a slam off a double alley-oop off the glass. 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.

The Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell beat the Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr., winning the Slam Dunk Contest of 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night at Staple Center.

"Believe it or not, I've been preparing for this since I was a kid", Mitchell said.

Mitchell began the contest by running in from the right side.

"It was obviously a big moment for my family, something I'll cherish forever", he said.

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In the final, Nance Jr. impressed, with what was immediately dubbed a "double-tap dunk" that was likely the highest degree of difficulty dunk pulled off by any competitor in the contest.

Needless to say, it did not take Nance Jr.to pay homage to his father.

In doing so, he outlasted Larry Nance, Jr., Victor Oladipo and Dennis Smith Jr.to become the 2018 Dunk Contest champion.

Earlier in the evening, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns made an incredible 20 out of 25 shots (28 points) in the final round to win the Three-Point Contest. "I wanted to go out there and make a name for myself".

Booker has quietly been one of the best scorers in the National Basketball Association in the last two years.

The Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie defeated the Bulls' Lauri Markkanen to win the Skills Challenge, which paired players in a head-to-head series of skills contests in an obstacle-course-type format.

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