The skies and lows of the 2018 slam dunk contest

Dennis Smith Jr. ready to put on a show for the city of Dallas

Dennis Smith Jr. ready to put on a show for the city of Dallas

However, Mitchell would go on to claim the win after his fine attempt to duplicate Carter's memorable 360-windmill dunk from the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Donovan Mitchell edged Nance the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest Saturday night, 98-96. However, don't expect Mitchell to settle even as the Jazz are in the midst of an 11-game win streak and he leads all rookies in scoring with 19.6 points per game.

While Nance Jr. did well, he did not take home the title.

Now Mitchell moves on to bigger things-he's tasked with helping the Jazz make some potential postseason noise before showing up at the contest next year as a defending champion. Nance Jr. chatted with Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype about his first week as a Cavalier but revealed very little about his dunk contest routine.

It's a mortal lock that at least one dunk on Saturday night will earn a ideal score. "That's why I asked them to wait and hold their scores until they saw it again".

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On his second dunk, he received a 50 after gliding over his sister, Jordan, Hart and Hart's 10-year-old son, Hendrix, for a one-handed cram from the side of the rim off an alley oop with a vintage Darrell Griffith Jazz jersey on.

Mitchell - three inches shorter than the 6-foot-6 Carter - needed a score of 47 to beat Nance, and he got a 48 from the five judges: DJ Khaled, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Rock and Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Lisa Leslie.

In the two-round event, the participants performed a maximum of three attempts to complete each dunk in both the first round and the final round. The big game on Sunday is always fun and entertaining, but it is undoubtedly outshone by the festivities on Saturday night. Nance met with Lakers president Magic Johnson after the contest.

Earlier in the evening, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns made an incredible 20 out of 25 shots (28 points) in the final round to win the Three-Point Contest. His three-point accuracy is down a bit this year, but he's the owner of one of the prettiest shots in the National Basketball Association, and he advanced to the championship round in his only other three-point contest appearance in 2014. Granted, that record should have an asterisk, as there is a full rack of money balls worth two points now, which has not been around the whole time that the 3-point contest has been. He was wearing Carter's No. 15 Toronto Raptors threads underneath.

The Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie defeated the Bulls' Lauri Markkanen to win the Skills Challenge, which paired players in a head-to-head series of skills contests in an obstacle-course-type format.

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