2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest: Twitter Reacts as Zach LaVine Beats Aaron Gordon

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2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest: Twitter Reacts as Zach LaVine Beats Aaron Gordon
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Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon duked it out in an incredible final round at the 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday in Toronto, giving fans one of the most memorable performances in recent memory. 

LaVine took home the hardware for the second straight year, but Gordon could’ve easily been the champ after the slams he put down. 

Here is a look at the reaction throughout the social realm. 

CBS Sports shared an incredible graphic capturing the reactions of the current NBA greats on hand—all with jaws dropped:

HoopsHype elaborated with a 180-view of Gordon's jam over the Magic mascot, Stuff the Magic Dragon:

Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry publicly joked with teammate DeMar DeRozan for pushing him to compete in a contest he stood no chance in:

Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe gave a well-warranted offering parents should consider when consoling their kids after a runner-up finish while also giving credit to Gordon’s outing:

John on Twitter captured Gordon going up with the ball under his legs while elevating over the Magic mascot:

As Arash Markazi of ESPN showed in the upper-right corner of this Vine, Andre Drummond rolled over in amazement at Gordon’s heroics:

Markazi followed with a comment toward WWE wrestler Adrian Neville, who describes himself in his Twitter bio as "The Man That Gravity Forgot":

And here was Drake’s reaction to the show on his home turf in Toronto, courtesy of Zombie Prophet:

Two-time dunk champion Dominique Wilkins believes the luster the contest lost in recent years has finally returned:

Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap echoed Wilkins:

Hollywood star Jessica Alba shared that she was watching along:

The Cauldron shared a GIF of eight-time All-Star Dikembe Mutombo’s priceless reaction that encapsulated the widespread response to Saturday's duel:

Another '90s great also chimed in, as Karl Malone shared his respect for Gordon:

Micky Arison, managing general partner of the Miami Heat, believes there wasn’t a unanimous champ: 

Both competitors were all smiles after in their post-dunks picture, as shown by Timberwolves PR: 

LaVine was certainly a worthy champ, but Gordon’s epic contributions will rank this dunk contest high in the annals of the event.

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