Robinson wins NBA slam dunk contest

 19 Feb 2017 - 21:02

Robinson wins NBA slam dunk contest
Glenn Robinson of the Indiana Pacers poses with the trophy after winning the 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday.

AFP

New Orleans: Glenn Robinson scored a perfect 50 on his final dunk to capture the NBA All Star Game's slam dunk title on Saturday after leaping over three people for a dynamic two-handed reverse jam.
Indiana Pacers forward Robinson jumped over teammate Paul George, the club's mascot and a Pacer cheerleader to easily win the contest over Phoenix Suns rookie Derrick Jones.
"I wanted to bring some energy to the competition," Robinson said.
"I wanted to do something no one has ever seen."
In the final round, Robinson faced off against Jones, who advanced from the four original competitors. The Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and the Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon were eliminated in the earlier rounds.
The NBA has struggled to get its marquee players in the slam dunk contest and that was underlined by the inclusion this year of the undrafted Jones.
Very few NBA fans know who Jones is as he has played just 24 minutes this season in the league after spending the majority of his rookie campaign with Phoenix's development league team, the Northern Arizona Suns.
Jones didn't record his first dunk in the NBA until Wednesday night's contest against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Robinson's perfect 50 on the winning dunk gave him a two-dunk total of 94 in the finals.
He ran from the right side, grabbed the ball, and leaped over the trio, ducking his head to prevent himself from hitting the rim.
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon, the NBA's leading three-point shooter this season, defeated Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving in the overtime round of the All-Star Three-Point Contest, scoring 21 points to Irving's 18 in the extra period.
Gordon nailed several clutch jumpers, including a final shot in the second round to send the contest into overtime.
The biggest surprise in the first round of the Three-Point Contest was that reigning champ Klay Thompson was knocked out after scoring just 18 points.