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Mason Plumlee: “I think I saw one of the best dunk contest performances ever”

Well, Mason Plumlee sure had fun.

“I had a great time,” Plumlee said following his loss in the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest. “I think I saw one of the best dunk contest performances ever.”

Representing the Nets at his home court, Plumlee was the first to dunk. On his third and final try, Plumlee threw down a reverse slam off a side-of-the-backboard pass from the opposite side of the basket.

Plumlee earned a score of just a 40, much to his surprise. “I didn’t see anybody do it in the dunk contest before,” Plumlee said. “I thought the score would be a little higher.” After Plumlee’s first two attempts on his second dunk missed, he pulled his brother Miles of the Phoenix Suns onto the court to leap over him, successfully.

This dunk only received a 36 (!) from the judges. I think it’s fair to say Plumlee got a bit low-balled on his two slams. The first one was original and extremely difficult. The latter, well, jumping over centers is hard, and Plumlee made it happen with flair. Still, Plumlee was quick to admit he didn’t stand a chance with Zach LaVine in the picture.

“It wouldn’t have mattered if I went first, second, third, fourth,” Plumlee said. “Zach LaVine was going to win the dunk contest.”

Ah, yes, LaVine. He did some okay dunks.

Oh well. How about next year, Mason?

“No, no, I’m not entering again.”