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Rudy Gobert Breaks Dwight Howard's Single-Season Dunk Record with 270th Slam

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2019

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has been a dunking machine, and now, he has a record to show for it.

Late in the second quarter of Monday night's 125-92 victory over the Phoenix Suns, Gobert made history with a two-handed slam off a lob from Utah star Donovan Mitchell:

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That was his 270th dunk of the 2018-19 campaign, a new NBA single-season record. That eclipsed Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard's 269 mark set in 2007-08 with the Orlando Magic.

"It's a mix of many things, but I think my teammates have done a great job of finding me," Gobert said, per Aaron Falk of the team's website. "Compared to last year ... I have way more lobs, way more high passes this year, and it puts me in a great position to finish. It's a great offensive play. It's hard to guard; it puts a lot of pressure on the defense."

Gobert finished the night with 275 dunks for the season. And while he's the record-holder, he'll have to keep throwing them down if he wants to keep the title. Per CBSSports.com, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is not far behind Gobert at 262 dunks.

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