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It was two years ago today that Aaron Gordon took part in what many now call the greatest dunk contest of all time.
We are all well aware of the results and how the two revitalized the dunk contest. Plus, the video speaks for itself, so no need to say much about it.
Twitter, however, commemorated the anniversary of the epic battle between Gordon and LaVine with some highly entertaining tweets, some of which we have gathered here for your convenience...
The best way to remember Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine's epic Slam Dunk Contest battle: in super slow motion. pic.twitter.com/norkhZBvvz— ESPN (@espn) February 13, 2018
Director’s Commentary: Two years ago Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine had one of closest duels in dunk-contest history. @micahpeters_, @netw3rk, and @SheaSerrano review the tape. pic.twitter.com/3hVhQLhfAI— The Ringer (@ringer) February 13, 2018
Hands down the best Dunk Contest I've ever seen. pic.twitter.com/sB94pmDJiA— NBA babe (@NBA_babe) February 12, 2018
AARON GORDON STRAIGHT UP SITS DOWN LIKE 8 FEET IN THE AIR AND STILL LOSSES MY GOD THAT DUNK CONTEST WAS AMAZING!!!!! https://t.co/UqLB1iJix6— Adam Hedrick ☘️ (@Ad_It_Up__) February 13, 2018
Just a reminder that Aaron Gordon did this in a dunk contest and didn’t win... pic.twitter.com/peLg0ZNRjf— Art Vandelay (@TheRealAJTopps) February 13, 2018
1. This is the greatest dunk contest of all time— Wat (@_AWat_) February 13, 2018
2. Aaron Gordon’s under both legs dunk is the best dunk contest dunk of all time
3. Gordon’s dunk off the spinning mascot was the most difficult dunk of all time
4. Gordon got robbed https://t.co/srUqmShxTZ
Happy Aaron Gordon got robbed day everyone ! https://t.co/PKGpL3HxBg— Mike (@MoneyMikeBx) February 13, 2018
On February 13th, 2016, Orlando Magic PF Aaron Gordon was robbed at the Slam Dunk Contest.— Magic Junkies (@MagicJunkies) February 13, 2018
Retweet if you are against rigged sporting events to benefit a players legacy. #PureMagic pic.twitter.com/NO4T9I6rps
The LaVine supporters do make a compelling case as well....
If you think Aaron Gordon got robbed, do these things for me: 1) go to a court, and stand at the free throw line and see how far away that is. 2) jump and put the ball between your legs in mid air. 3) realize that Lavine did both of those while dunking a basketball on a 10 ft rim https://t.co/Q7RyCrxvBF— Timaal Bradford (@timaal_bradford) February 13, 2018
And yes, it’s ironic that Zach LaVine stole the win in the dunk contest that day, and almost exactly two years to the day later, again robbed the Magic on Monday...