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0-0, 5th in Northwest
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Zach LaVine hangs on to dunk title

The Timberwolves high flyer put on a back-and-fourth show with challenger Aaron Gordon in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest. LaVine's back-to-back perfect scores helped him win the dunk-off round. Kevin Pelton gives the champ an A+ for putting on a great show. All-Star Grades: Dunk Contest

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Stephen A. Smith: Dunk contest best in 30 years (1:24)
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LaVine over Gordon to win Slam Dunk Contest (1:02)

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Zach LaVine tells ESPN's Sage Steele he'd never tried his final dunk before.

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LaVine's got hops from the free throw line (0:32)

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Zach LaVine says his favorite dunkers growing up were Michael Jordan, Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant. He wanted to defend his title because Jordan did.

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Zach LaVine says he thinks this was the best dunk contest ever.

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LaVine slams Gordon, repeats as slam dunk champ

Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine unleashed a variety of dunks from the free throw line to edge an equally impressive Aaron Gordon to win the NBA's Verizon Slam Dunk Contest.

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LaVine goes between-the-legs for the win (0:45)
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Big man shows off his skills

Karl-Anthony Towns won one for all the big guys in the NBA. Kevin Pelton give the Timberwolves rookie the highest grade from bringing home the trophy in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. All-Star Grades: Skills Challenge

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Zach LaVine says of Aaron Gordon's dunks in the final: "That was some of the craziest stuff I've ever seen."

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Dunk contest champ Zach LaVine says: "I don't know what we just did. That was creative." Adds he thinks he and Aaron Gordon should share the trophy.

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Zach LaVine takes off from a foot inside the FT line then goes between his legs for another 50, and a second straight dunk contest title.

Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

That was the best Dunk Contest in the event's history.

Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

This Aaron Gordon-Zach LaVine contest is better than 'Nique-MJ in '88.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Zach LaVine matches Aaron Gordon with a 50. The in-arena announcer says "We can do this all night."

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LaVine goes around-the-back for the reverse jam (0:44)

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Zach LaVine just did a windmill from the free-throw line. A perfect 50. We're tied in the final.

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Zach LaVine did a very similar dunk to Aaron Gordon, catching off the bounce instead of from a mascot. He also scored a 50.

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Zach LaVine had half his foot inside the free-throw line when he took off, catching off the bounce from his teammate and slamming it home. But it was only good for a 49. Shaq again was the lone 10 holdout.

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No theatrics for Zach LaVine, who wowed the crowd by going behind his back in mid-air and finishing on the opposite side of the rim. He made it look easy, and scored a perfect 50.

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Towns beats out Thomas to win Skills Challenge (0:22)

Team Stats

Points Per Game100.421st
Rebounds Per Game42.225th
Assists Per Game22.4Tied-10th
Points Allowed104.123rd

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-161737.315
2014-151666.195
2013-144042.488
2012-133151.378
2011-122640.394

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