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N.B.A. Dunk Contest Goes to Donovan Mitchell, and His Homage to Vince Carter

“I wanted this so badly,” Mitchell said. “This is one of my favorite events of All-Star weekend. To not only be in it, but to win it, it’s crazy.”

Before making his winning dunk, Mitchell peeled off his Jazz jersey to reveal a vintage Carter jersey from the Toronto Raptors.

Mitchell — three inches shorter than the 6-foot-6 Carter — needed a score of 47 on that dunk to beat Nance, and he got a 48 from the five judges: DJ Khaled, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Rock and the Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Lisa Leslie.

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Donovan Mitchell scored a perfect 50 on this dunk, which involved jumping over a huddle of his sister, Jordan, the comedian Kevin Hart and Hart’s son.

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Minutes earlier, Nance, who was trying to win the contest 34 years after his father won it, had earned a perfect 50 with a slam off a double alley-oop off the glass.

“Growing up, I was a big dunker,” Mitchell said. “I wasn’t much of a basketball player. I just dunked and played defense, and I watched a lot of Vince’s videos. I’ve been seeing what he’s been…

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