The 2020 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest provided quite a controversial finish!
With several big names back, including 2008 winner Dwight Howard and runners-up in Aaron Gordon (2016) and Derrick Jones Jr. (2017), it all came down to the final dunk Saturday night.
Despite earning a perfect score (50) on one their two dunks in the first round, it was still not enough for Howard and Pat Connaughton to move on.
That set the stage for Gordon and Jones Jr.
After both earned perfect scores in the championship round, the duo forced a special dunk-off round, where things took a controversial turn.
After jumping over 7'5 Tacko Fall, Aaron Gordon lost the 2020 Dunk Contest by one point to Derrick Jones Jr. pic.twitter.com/MQJMdOjpQL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 16, 2020
After both players recorded another perfect score, Jones jumped from just inside the free throw line and did a windmill dunk on his second attempt in the extra dunk-off round. The judges (Dwyane Wade, Candace Parker, Scottie Pippen, Common and Chadwick Boseman) rewarded Jones with a score of 48.
Gordon then brought out Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall who stands 7-foot-5. Gordon then proceeded to jump over his head for the dunk which many thought gave him the victory. However, the judges gave Gordon a score of 47, which gave Jones Jr. the victory.
There was plenty of outrage, especially considering that Gordon lost in 2016, to which many thought he should had won over Zach LaVine.