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Blake Griffin Wins 2011 Slam Dunk Contest After Dunking Over A KIA

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VIDEOS: A Breakdown Of Every Dunk In The 2011 Slam Dunk Contest, From DeMar DeRozan's Showstopper To Blake Griffin's Car Dunk

Last night's Slam Dunk Contest may not have been the best in Slam Dunk Contest history — after Blake Griffin brought out the KIA everyone knew he was going to jump over, the reception went from "Wow!" to "Meh" in record time — but for density of awesomeness, it's going to be hard to beat. And it's worth the dunk-by-dunk breakdown, no?

First Round

DeMar DeRozan's East Bay Funk Remix: DeRozan, coached by dunking legend Darryl Dawkins, got to put a little spin on Isaiah Rider's between-the-legs East Bay Funk Dunk from the baseline with the East Bay Funk Remix.

DeRozan's version included a pass off the arm of the backboard from a Raptors teammate, took him several attempts to do, and earned him a 44 from the judges. It was underrated.

Serge Ibaka's free throw line dunk: Give Ibaka credit for stagecraft: between the NBA Africa backing for this dunk and the shenanigans that preceded his second slam, the Thunder big man was clearly trying to make viewers laugh. But this dunk deserved more than the 45 it got.

I believe Ibaka did this dunk in two attempts. He also jumps from behind the free throw line, which is more than some guy named Michael Jordan could say.

JaVale McGee dunks on two hoops: For sheer insanity, the Wizards' JaValevator won the night.

Yeah, dunking two balls on two separate hoops is ridiculous, maybe unfathomable, but it's even better than it looks at first glance. As ESPN's John Hollinger pointed out, McGee had to dunk the ball on the left hoop with his left hand while falling away — and without looking at the hoop. A well-deserved 50 gave McGee an early lead.

Blake Griffin's 360 cockback: It's not quite a tomahawk, and not nearly as tremendous as the 360 windmill he tried to do at first, but Blake Griffin's huge 360 slam deserved the 49 it got. (This is, however, where DeRozan and Ibaka may have realized they were being robbed.

DeMar DeRozan's "Showstopper": DeRozan's absurd up-and-under half-windmill, half-rock-the-cradle is one of the eight or nine most impressive gimmick-free dunks I have seen in my life. It earned a 50 and there's a reason most SB Nation readers think it was the best dunk of the entire Dunk Contest.

First, DeRozan has to gather the ball in the air off the huge bounce, then he has to get it over the rim — and himself under it — with one hand. And he did it all in one try! There wasn't a finer dunk last night, and at this moment, it seemed like this could be the best Dunk Contest ever. And yet DeRozan didn't make the finals, and the momentum evaporated. Such is life.

Serge Ibaka's teddy bear retrieval dunk: It's kind of inaccurate to call the toy Ibaka grabs with his teeth a teddy bear; it's actually a plush version of the Thunder's mascot. But if Ibaka had pulled this off on the first try — he sort of biffed the finish, despite pulling down the toy with his teeth — it might have earned better than the 45 it got.

My favorite part of the production? Cheryl Miller saying "Security, get him out of here!" after the kid got his toy back, and the security people picking up the kid to maintain the illusion of him interloping. Uh, sure.

Blake Griffin's two-handed alley-oop windmill: It got a 46, may have deserved less, and still got Griffin into the finals.

I blame Baron Davis, whose poor passing helped torpedo many of Griffin's first six attempts.

JaVale McGee dunks three balls: Not satisfied with a two-ball dunk, McGee enlisted the help of his mother — who gave Dr. J, one of the judges, a little sugar — to get a third, and put them all in one hoop.

He got a 49 for it, and led all competitors in the first round. But he also proved that two hoops and two balls is empirically better than three balls and one hoop.


Blake Griffin does the Vince Carter elbow dunk: What Vinsanity once did as a guard, Blake Griffin can do as a power forward.

As good as Vince's dunk? You be the judge.

JaVale McGee soars for the up-and-under reverse windmill: This dunk is superb, and not just because McGee has to duck under the backboard to prevent a concussion.

Need more proof of how impressive that up and under one-handed reverse windmill was? Check out this image of it, in which it barely looks possible.

Blake Griffin jumps over a KIA: What more can be said, really?

JaVale McGee ... just sort of gives up? This dunk, a catch-and-throwdown off the glass, has great amplitude and requires McGee to really get up, but is this any way to make a crowd forget the other guy just dunked over a car?

Griffin won the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest with 68% of the vote, and deserved it based on his slightly better final round. But Griffin shouldn't even have been in the final round, I would have loved to see DeRozan's final round ideas, and I think McGee squandered a chance at an enormous upset by burning his best dunk first.

Want to see every dunk from the Dunk Contest in one slick three-minute package set to Common's "A Dream"? YouTube user jumperlltonez has you covered:


Blake Griffin Wins 2011 Slam Dunk Contest After Dunking Over A KIA

Blake Griffin won the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Saturday after dunking over the hood of a KIA Optima SX in the final round. Fans gave Griffin a 68-32 margin over Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee in the final round; Griffin's other finals dunk involved going off the backboard and hanging from the rim at the elbow. McGee pulled off two soaring but less spectacularly set-up dunks, a baseline 360-degree dunk and a head-at-rim off-the-glass jam.

Griffin's KIA dunk involved a choir singing at midcourt while Baron Davis sat in the driver's seat of the car. Griffin leaped over the hood of the car as Davis lobbed the ball through the KIA's sunroof. The dunk was nothing spectacular, but Griffin finished it with rare power.

McGee had the highest score after a magical first round. McGee's first dunk involved a second rim placed adjacent to the stationary stanchion. McGee proceeded to dunk a ball through each hoop on one leap, going off the glass on one of the balls. It was a spectacular show of creativity and skill, and earned the night's only perfect 50 from judges. McGee's second dunk involved dunking three balls on one rim, one of which was lobbed by teammate John Wall.

DeMar DeRozan was arguably more impressive than Griffin in the first round. He had an absurdly difficult Isaiah Rider off the stanchion from a pass from teammate Amir Johnson that earned just 44 points from a stingy panel of judges. (Other than McGee's two first-round dunks, that DeRozan effort might have been the most physically difficult dunk of the night.) Griffin dunked off the side of the backboard, but without coming from behind the stanchion along the baseline and without going through the legs. Griffin earned a 46 on his version to thrust him past DeRozan and into the finals.

Serge Ibaka was also magnificent in the first round, jamming a legit free-throw line dunk. His toe touched the line, but it was as impressive as any free throw line dunk in NBA Dunk Contest history; an instant comparison with Julius Erving's famous effort showed Ibaka to be further from the rim on take-off. (Erving, a judge on Saturday, dinged Ibaka points for who knows what reason.) On his second dunk, Ibaka engaged in a bit of performance theater by bringing out a child and attaching a small toy to the rim. Ibaka dunked the ball while removing the plushie with his teeth.


James Jones Beats Two Celtics To Win 2011 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

James Jones of the Miami Heat scored one for South Beach by knocking off two members of the rival Boston Celtics in the final round to take home the 2011 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest title. Jones' 20 point in the final round surpassed Paul Pierce's 18 and Ray Allen's 15 to settle the game.

Pierce survived the first round by hitting his final shot, a moneyball that sent him to the finals over the Golden State Warriors' Dorell Wright, who had 11 points. The make sent a courtside Kevin Garnett into wild celebration, marking the most intense moment in All-Star Saturday history.

Allen was the final shooter of the contest, needing 21 to win. He was eliminated midway through the fourth rack, and finished that spot with 13. Commentator Reggie Miller declared that Allen needed to hit all of his shots in the final rack to stay alive, even though 13 + 6 does not equal 20.

Daniel "Boobie" Gibson of the Cleveland Cavaliers scored a ridiculously low seven in the first round. But reigning NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant one-upped him with a six.


Stephen Curry Wins 2011 Taco Bell Skills Challenge Over Russell Westbrook

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors won the 2011 Taco Bell Skills Challenge over the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbook on Saturday night, executing a near-perfect run in the final round. Westbrook, who finished last in the 2010 competition, had the best run of the first round. But his final round run was fraught with disaster, and took 44 seconds. Curry won with a 28-second run.

Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets came as close to tanking as anyone since Dwyane Wade in 2008 by missing the opening lay-up in his first-round run. Rookie Challenge MVP John Wall of the Washington Wizards and reigning champion Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls were also knocked out in the first round after substandard attempts.

Fans selected the contestants (other than Paul) via online voting. It is unfortunate, one could argue, that the Lakers' Derek Fisher wasn't elected to the challenge.


Al Horford Launches Team Atlanta To Haier Shooting Stars Victory

Al Horford hit two halfcourt shots to lead Team Atlanta, starring Coco Miller of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream and retired Hawk Steve Smith, over Team Texas for the 2011 Haier Shooting Stars crown. The contest pits four teams against each other in a timed shooting contest in which players have to hit shots from specific spots. The final shot in the sequence is a halfcourt shot. Ergo, the contest always turns into an exercise in watching current and former professional basketball players miss halfcourt shots for about 30 seconds to a minute before someone gets lucky. In the final round, Team Atlanta missed 17 halfcourt shots before Horford sunk one. These were your champions.

Of particular note was Bulls forward Taj Gibson's attempt to maim the already suffering audience with halfcourt attempts that soared over the shot clock and into the crowd. Steve Kerr graciously saved all in attendance from harm.

Team Texas, starring Dirk Nowitzki, advanced to finals as TNT commentator hit his first halfcourt attempt in the first round. But Team Texas lost to Atlanta by two seconds in the final round, missing the backboard regularly.

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