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

Daniel Kramer@dkramer_Featured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2016

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 13: (2 of 5) Zach LaVine #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dunks the ball during the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest as part of NBA All-Star 2016 on February 13, 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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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:

CBS Sports @CBSSports


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:

Kyle Lowry @Klow7

Umm @DeMar_DeRozan sorry for asking you to be in this contest 👀👀👀😂😂😂

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:

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach

Next time your kids lose at something tell them this guy came in 2nd too https://t.co/Do3niUHFUz

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

John @HeuristicLineup

THIS IS A HUMAN https://t.co/toktwi4tNq

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

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Aaron Gordon's dunk literally knocked Andre Drummond to the floor. https://t.co/1goYjQCxmo

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

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

With apologies to my man @WWENeville, @Double0AG is the man that gravity forgot. https://t.co/gdksFhlITu

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:

Dominique Wilkins @DWilkins21

The dunk contest is back!!!

Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap echoed Wilkins:

Paul Millsap @Paulmillsap4

The NBA Dunk Contest is back!!!!

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:

The Cauldron @TheCauldron

Dunk contest this year in one GIF https://t.co/c8OhnpygHO

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

Karl Malone @TheDeliverer_32

Much respect young man @Double0AG

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

Micky Arison @MickyArison

The @NBA should have let them share that trophy. One of the best #NBADunkContest ever. #AllStarWeekend

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

Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR

.@ZachLaVine and Aaron Gordon posing for photos #RisingWolves https://t.co/PRlR6VokvA

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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