All-Star Weekend: Simons Makes Slam Dunk Statement
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Three young NBA players had a tough task coming into this year's AT&T Slam Dunk Contest, and it was to try and follow up last season's dunk contest won by Derrick Jones Jr.

Indiana Pacers' Cassius Stanley, New York Knicks Obi Toppin and Portland Trail Blazers' Anfernee Simons made sure to put on a show in Atlanta.

Although it was a shorter dunk contest than previous years, the players still went to the State Farm Arena with lots of energy. 

Simons, who did three dunks to secure the title, dominated the contest from beginning to end. 

The 23 year-old started the night showing his bounce, as he placed a basketball on a platform attached the backboard 18 inches above the rim and there it down. 

Simons earned a 46, with a perfect 10 and four 9’s.

For his second dunk, Simons did a tribute for the NBA legend, Tracy McGrady, by wearing his Toronto Raptors jersey. Portland's high-flyer tossed the ball, caught it, spinned 360 and then threw it down. 

Simons scored a 49 (four 10’s), which would secure his spot in the championship round against Obi Toppin.

For the final round, Simons tried to do something never done before. In his first attempt, the 6'2 guard tried to kiss the rim while dunking, and although he was not able to touch it, the judges rewarded him for how high he jumped.

That dunk was enough to give Simons the title over Toppin 3-2.

With his win in Atlanta, Portland Trail Blazers' Anfernee Simons became the first player in franchise history to win the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest.

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