Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Top 5 dunks from the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Top 5 dunks from the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

NBA All-Star Weekend is underway in Los Angeles and one of the most exciting events takes place Saturday night: the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Donovan Mitchell won the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night, with two of his four dunks earning a flawless score from the judges.

For his second dunk of the night, Mitchell kept with the time-honored tradition of drunking over other people - in this case, his sister and Kevin Hart. The dunk produced a flawless score of 50, but was not enough to take down Mitchell.

Meanwhile, Nance Jr. paid tribute to his father, Larry Nance Sr., for his first dunk.

In the first round, Nance, the son of the inaugural slam dunk champion, showed a touch of showmanship with a nod to his past. Nance was second with 93. Oladipo also used some theatrics to play up his dunks. Mitchell's third dunk was outstanding, but it was Nance's final dunk that really stood out from the rest. The scores do not carry over. Smith Jr. will be the third player in franchise history to compete in the event. It's somewhat of a home-court advantage for Nance he was a Laker until being traded to Cleveland on February 8. However, don't mistake that for being overwhelmed by the glitz and glamor of being in the Los Angeles spotlight.

Harris scored 17 points in the final round, before Booker's record-setting performance. The top three shooters then qualified for the finals. Overall, he's averaging career-bests of 23.2 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 37.8 percent on 3-point shots and 89.5 percent from the free-throw line. Thompson won the event in 2016.

Meanwhile, the participants in the 32nd JBL Three-Point Contest for 2018 include defending champion Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets and 2016 victor Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. With a wide array of sharpshooters coming into the competition this year, it could be one of the best competitions we have seen in many years. On one rack, all five balls are worth two points. Four of the racks consist of four regulation National Basketball Association balls and one multi-colored "money" ball. Dinwiddie bested the Nuggets' Jamal Murray in the final of the guards bracket, and Markkanen beat the 76ers' Joel Embiid in the bigs bracket final.

And while he didn't take home any hardware, it capped a great All-Star weekend experience for Smith, who planned to relax for the next couple days after the hectic three days. Knicks Coach Jeff Hornacek, a former 3-point contest participant, has suggested holding separate contests for big men and guards. He tossed a ball off of the backboard on a hoop to his right before catching it in the air and throwing it through the rim on another hoop.

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