Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon make history in Slam Dunk Contest - All-Star Saturday round-up

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State Farm All-Star Saturday Night did not disappoint as the night of dunks, shots and skills rose the roof at the Air Canada Center. 

Fans in Toronto were treated to a night full of action as Klay Thompson dethroned Stephen Curry in the Three-Point Contest and Zach LaVine overcame Aaron Gordon in possibly the greatest Dunk Contest ever witnessed.

For the first time in NBA history, big men were included in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, and Karl-Anthony Towns proved they do have what it takes as he took down Isaiah Thomas in the final. 

It was a tightly contested race as both players reached the three-point line at the same time and the 2015 number one draft pick claimed the trophy with his third attempt from deep.

Towns beat Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings to reach the final while Thomas overcame Denver Nuggets rookie Emmanuel Mudiay and Portland Trailblazers guard C.J. McCollum.

Following his success, Towns said: "I like proving people wrong, so I'm glad I was able to make a lot of people wrong. I was able to make critics wrong, Vegas wrong, Ricky Rubio wrong. So I'm just so ecstatic right now."

Comedian Kevin Hart and Green made good on their Twitter trash talk and competed in a three-point contest. Hart - a four-time Celebrity Game MVP - brought the crowd to life and stunned those in attendance as he tied the triple-double machine on 12 buckets.

The most stacked three-point contest in history provided endless entertainment as Klay Thompson dethroned his Warriors teammate Stephen Curry.

Thompson set the mark from the very beginning with an opening score of 22. James Harden - the youngest ever player to score 1,000 threes - stuck close with 20 but was forced into a three-way tiebreak after Devin Booker and J. J. Redick matched his score.

Milwaukee Bucks Khris Middleton, CJ McCollum and hometown favourite Kyle Lowry were eliminated before Curry came up clutch at the buzzer to book his place in the final; sinking his final shot to score 21.  

Booker also advanced to the last stage, eliminating Harden and Redick in the 30-second tiebreaker with a score of 12.

The final provided even more excitement. Booker scored 16 before Curry set Klay a target of 24 to win. The two-time All-Star accepted the challenge and shot the lights out to score 27.

The Verizon Slam Dunk Contest continued the buzz inside the arena. Defending champion LaVine was given a perfect score from judges George Gervin, Dikembe Mutombo, Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O'Neal, and Magic Johnson for his first dunk, a behind the back slam.

LaVine scored 49 with his second a dunk from the free throw line to finish the preliminary round with 99.

He was joined in the final by Orlando Magic center Aaron Gordon, who dunked over Stuff on a hover board to score a 49; he finished with 94. Will Barton and Andre Drummond were eliminated with scores of 74 and 75, respectively.

The final took things to a whole new level as for the first time in history we saw six back-to-back perfect dunks. 

Gordan's second dunk was a gravity-defying slam that left everyone inside the arena speechless. LaVine, however, responded in perfect style and took the final into a dunk-off. 

After running out of choreographed dunks, Gordan's freestyle slam scored a 48 and LaVine produced a through the legs from the free throw line dunk to regain his title.

Have you ever seen a better Dunk Contest?

Eastern Conference
Minnesota Timberwolves
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Zach LaVine
Aaron Gordon
Orlando Magic
Southeast Division
Karl-Anthony Towns
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson

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