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Aaron Gordon Says He's Retiring from Dunk Contest After Loss to Derrick Jones Jr

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2020

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 15: Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic participates during the 2020 NBA All-Star - AT&T Slam Dunk on February 15, 2020 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. 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 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Aaron Gordon won't have his heart broken again.

The Orlando Magic star was runner-up to Derrick Jones Jr. in the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest, with many arguing he bested the Miami Heat forward. 

Don't expect Gordon to show up in 2021 to capture an elusive dunk title.

"It's a wrap," he said, per Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. "I feel like I should have two trophies."

Gordon and Jones tied in the final round and required two extra dunks to determine a victor. They remained deadlocked after the first overtime dunk, having each earned a 50.

Jones got a 48 after taking off one step inside the free-throw line and hammering down a left-handed windmill.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Derrick Jones Jr. capped off his #ATTSlamDunk victory from the FT line 😤 https://t.co/qg0VVi7JbT

Gordon went to the crowd for some help, pulling 7'5" Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall onto the court. He cleared Fall and finished a two-handed jam that only earned a 47 from the judges.

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Unbelievable that Aaron Gordon dunked over 7'5" Tacko Fall and didn't get a 50. #ATTSlamDunk (@ATT) https://t.co/JTxKYCK7MO

This isn't the first time Gordon fell short in an overtime round. He and Zach LaVine put on a dunk contest for the ages in 2016, the other year he was likely referencing when he said he should have two wins by now. LaVine outscored him 100-97 in the final.

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Gordon arguably outperformed LaVine over the entirety of the night, and his under-the-legs dunk over the Magic mascot remains one of the single best in history.

Nobody can blame the 24-year-old for feeling a bit jaded.

He at least gave the fans a great show Saturday, regardless of whose name is on the trophy.

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