Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine soared and glided his way to a victory in All-Star Saturday's slam dunk competition.
He became the first player since Dwight Howard in 2009 to post multiple perfect scores of 50 in one contest. With Hall of Famers Julius Erving, Nate Archibald, Walt Frazier, Bernard King, and Chris Mullin judging, LaVine got 50s on each of his two first-round dunks. For his first throwdown, LaVine paid homage to Space Jam by donning a No. 23 Tune Squad jersey.
LaVine and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo met in the head-to-head final round after beating out Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee and Milwaukee Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo. Oladipo struggled in the final round to a total score of 72, while LaVine's aerial escapades continued, exploding off the hardwood to the tune of a 94.
He emphatically turned the heads of NBA greats current and former.
The 19-year-old is still figuring things out in actual NBA games, averaging 7.6 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.1 turnovers in 21.7 minutes per game; he's shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 28.4 percent from deep. But it's easy to see why he was so deserving of the 2014 draft's 13th overall selection.