It was the Dunk Contest runner-up, not the winner, who was trending on Twitter.
Aaron Gordon did dunks no one had seen before, he got perfect scores on his first five dunks, he jumped over a 7-6 man, he got 297 of a possible 300 points, he turned the Dunk Contest into a classic for the second time, andddd he lost.
Gordon needed a 49 on his final dunk to win. He dunked over Tacko Fall for what seemed like a guaranteed 50. He got a 47. By losing to Derrick Jones Jr. by one point, it now feels as if Gordon has won two Dunk Contests without actually winning any.
The response on Twitter was overwhelming with everyone from fans, media, current teammates, former teammates, LeBron, opponents, mayors, Super Bowl winning quarterbacks and many others chiming in. Below are some of the best of the best.
As always, the tweets speak for themselves...
Dwyane Wade calculating the score he needed to give Aaron Gordon to make sure Derrick Jones Jr. won pic.twitter.com/S8rAD5a4sw— bluewirepods (@bluewirepods) February 16, 2020
Common and Pippen are literally looking at Wade like he straight played them.— The Lando (@TheLando__) February 16, 2020
Common literally said after that they all agreed on a tie, and “someone messed it up.”
You @DwyaneWade foul for that. https://t.co/y7y0a5LX9Q
Most 50s in Dunk Contest history— pickuphoop (@pickuphoop) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon - 8
Zach LaVine - 7
Michael Jordan - 7
2016 x 2020— ESPN (@espn) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon may have been robbed twice in the dunk contest. pic.twitter.com/ToxM8jMPhI
2 should have been rewarded tonight that’s for damn sure!! Keep it a buck y’all. ♂️!! Them boys both put on a show! Professional DUNKERS— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 16, 2020
Nah if I’m Aaron Gordon I’m never dunking again not even in a game— Akeem The Dream (@IcebergAk) February 16, 2020
let's take a moment to appreciate NBA dunk contest legend, Aaron Gordon pic.twitter.com/28CsOTjdBU— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 16, 2020
Can I use my Mayoral powers to ask for a revote? https://t.co/RzgVGqVG47— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) February 16, 2020
That’s worse than 2016.— Zach Oliver (@ZachOliverNBA) February 16, 2020
When do the Magic play the Heat next? Aaron Gordon may literally dunk a man to death.— Garrett Townsend (@garrtown) February 16, 2020
Can you get a technical foul in a dunk contest? If I were Aaron Gordon, I'd be acting up.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) February 16, 2020
Only 3 things are certain in life:— Arturo. P △⃒⃘ ⚯͛ (@R2Rowww) February 16, 2020
3. Aaron Gordon getting robbed in the dunk contest
Aaron Gordon after finally winning the dunk contest in 2035 pic.twitter.com/yaZqoCingW— Sam Yeezy (@samstaydipped) February 16, 2020
I STAND WITH AARON GORDON THE TWO-TIME SLAM DUNK CONTEST CHAMPION— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) February 16, 2020
Dunk contest judge @Candace_Parker —who gave Aaron Gordon a 10—tells ESPN, “I ain’t throwing anyone under the bus .... buttttt check the score card.”— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 16, 2020
Theres only one thing worse than AG being robbed 2x in the dunk contest..— Otown Magic Memes (@OtownMagicMemes) February 16, 2020
And that’s being a heat fan..
Okay this is now embarrassing! TWICE!!!— Mario Hezonja (@mariohezonja) February 16, 2020
i understand everyone’s “Aaron Gordon got robbed” feelings but are we forgetting that Derrick Jones Jr. still hasn’t landed yet.— Wobrick Jones Jr. (@WorldWideWob) February 16, 2020
The Orlando Magic have had like 4 great moments. One was ruined by missed free throws. Another by a missed layup. And two in the Dunk Contest.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 16, 2020
I’m not mad that Magic fans are upset.
The world record in the high jump is 7 ft 11.67 inches. Gordon jumped over a guy who is 7-6 in shoes, grabbed a basketball and dunked it.— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) February 16, 2020
If Shaq agrees to do it, Aaron clears it and probably gets a 50.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 16, 2020
Once again, Shaq screws over the Magic.
Dwight Howard got a 49 for his Superman dunk while Aaron Gordon got a 47 for jumping over 7’5 Tacko Fall ♂️— Brandon Awadis (@brawadis) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon scored 297 out of 300 and lost.— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon to the judges after his dunk got a 47 pic.twitter.com/M7pvbo5cUb— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) February 16, 2020
RT if Aaron Gordon was robbed— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) February 16, 2020
That’s worth nothing when you get robbed twice https://t.co/ew1S9yS6se— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) February 16, 2020
I feel sick for AG man. You re the people champ bro @Double0AG !!!❤️❤️— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) February 16, 2020
@Double0AG bro you can have my trophy. I’m heated.— Terrence Ross (@TerrenceRoss) February 16, 2020
Did my man AG dirty— Michael Carter-Willi (@mcarterwilliams) February 16, 2020
Twice this man has given the world the best competition ppl have ever seen.. wow— Gary Clark (@Gary11_Clark) February 16, 2020
— STUFF - Orlando Magic Mascot (@STUFFMagic) February 16, 2020
Yall robbed him again?! That’s crazy!! Smh!— elfrid payton (@elfrid) February 16, 2020
My wife doesn't give a shit about basketball, the magic, or Aaron Gordon. My fandom is probably a net negative in our relationship.— Fultz4thewin (@ilikethisteam11) February 16, 2020
The two biggest reactions she's ever had in any televised sporting event were Aaron Gordon's dunk contests.
That's all I need to know.
EMBARRASSING!! There isn’t anyone in the building or anyone with eyes that thinks that ended fairly! What a joke.— Dante Marchitelli (@DanteMagic) February 16, 2020
whenever you feel like lifes been unfair to you just remember aaron gordon never won an nba dunk contest— rb (@ricoblanco) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon has like 8 of the best 10 dunks in the Dunk Competition over the last 25 years and didn’t win a single Dunk Contest— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) February 16, 2020
what? ♂️— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) February 16, 2020
Derrick Jones don't even believe that.. Smh..— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) February 16, 2020
— NBPA (@TheNBPA) February 16, 2020
What????— UCF Men’s Hoops (@UCF_MBB) February 16, 2020
D Wade looking at the other judges’ scores to figure out what he needs to give Aaron Gordon so DJJ wins pic.twitter.com/U741PvHzIe— Stephen A. Smith Burner (@SASBurnerAcct) February 16, 2020
Once again Aaron Gordon gets robbed. pic.twitter.com/BfJTx8NaYt— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) February 16, 2020
Anybody: *does basic between the legs dunk*— • (@BronAndBrow) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon: *does 540 windmill between the legs back flip from the free throw line*
In case you missed the #NBAAllStar #ATTSlamDunk here is a summary of the night. the people’s champ @Double0AG balled out. Tragic homer judges from Miami were allowed to participate SMH. Gordon is the Slam Dunk pic.twitter.com/f0RgpCuFGF— (@MikefromZona) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon when he sees D Wade in the streets pic.twitter.com/cGhHQsbW6w— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon when he finna see D Wade on the streets:pic.twitter.com/gVa34qxwaj— NBALakersReport (@NBALakersReport) February 16, 2020
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