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CHICAGO — Amid the controversial but inconsequential attain of the NBA All-Celebrity Slam Dunk Contest, the league veered from the principles to establish Saturday’s winner.

In establish of letting the judges vote for both Orlando’s Aaron Gordon or Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. after the fundamental dunk of the dunk-off within the final round, the NBA allowed Gordon and Jones to strive a second dunk-off dunk, which isn’t within the principles.

But on myth of Gordon and Jones had been striking on a set, the league determined so that you just can add one other dunk to the dunk-off. And that’s the establish Jones edged Gordon 48-47 for the title.

“With Derrick and Aaron showing such extraordinary creativity and execution, giving the followers one other round of dunks from these two unbelievable athletes used to be the acceptable capacity to damage the tie,” NBA senior vice president of league operations communications Tim Frank informed USA TODAY Sports.

But that’s no longer how the rulebook states the winner must be sure.

After the final round featuring Gordon and Jones, the two had been tied at 100 after every bought a supreme score of 50 on their two dunks. The Dunk Contest principles advise that “within the tournament of a tie after the Closing Round, a one-dunk dunk-off will resolve establish to establish the champion.”

Alternatively, in Saturday’s rivals, Gordon and Jones every had two dunks. They had been tied at 50 after their first dunks. The foundations additionally advise, “if aloof tied after the one-dunk ‘dunk-off’ in both round, the advancing dunker(s) or winner would possibly presumably be sure by ‘Judges’ Chance.’ The judges would then be asked to resolve the advancing dunker(s) or winner by elevating a card that has the dunker’s name on it.”

What’s going to must have confidence took establish, according to the customary principles: After Gordon and Jones had been tied after the one-dunk dunk-off, the five judges (Scottie Pippen, Dwyane Wade, Candace Parker, Current and Chadwick Boseman) will must have confidence chosen their winner and the participant with potentially the most votes named the dunk champion.

Per chance Jones aloof would’ve obtained.

Now, right here’s no longer that severe. It be factual an tournament at All-Celebrity Weekend without a right penalties masses of than the disagreement in prize cash between the winner and second-establish finisher, satisfaction and bragging rights. Aloof, the didn’t sit down properly with everybody.

Gordon used to be annoyed that he didn’t take and indicated it used to be his final Dunk Contest appearance. Requested if he desired to take the tournament sooner than he retired, he said, “No, or no longer it is some distance a wrap, bro. It be a wrap. I own fancy I will must have confidence two trophies, you realize what I mean? It be over for that. My next goal is going to be trying to take the three-Level Contest.”

ESPN reported that the judges supposed for Jones and Gordon to tie and allotment the award, however that additionally is no longer allowed below the principles.

Observe Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter @JeffZillgitt.


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