- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 18, 2018

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday, but many cried foul at a low score Dennis Smith Jr. received.

Mitchell’s total score of 98 through the first two rounds placed him in the finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr., where Mitchell won with a dunk designed to pay tribute to Vince Carter, circa 2000, in a retro Toronto Raptors uniform.

Mitchell also jumped over short actor Kevin Hart for a dunk earlier in the night.

But Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. took to Twitter to air a grievance about how he was scored in the opening rounds.

Smith Jr. earned a 39 out of 50 for a between-the-legs, 360-degree dunk he made, while Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers received a 31 when he missed all three attempts in one round.

Fans and writers alike questioned whether Smith should have scored so low, which basically excluded him from the final round.

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