NBA All-Star 2016 Saturday night: Dunk contest wows Toronto

Saturday night's dunk contest could very well be the highlight of the entire 2016 NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto.

Zach Lavine, Aaron Gordon battle in epic dunk contest

Zach LaVine, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, won his second-straight slam dunk contest in dramatic fashion on Saturday night. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty)

Saturday night's dunk contest could very well be the highlight of the entire 2016 NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto.

The NBA's top talent put on a show at the Air Canada Centre, but on this night, the skills and three-point shooting just served as a warm-up for one of the most incredible dunk contests the league has ever seen.

Just, wow.

Aaron Gordon flies over his team's mascot, Stuff, for a ridiculous dunk. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty)

Four dunkers entered the contest: Denver's Will Barton, Detroit's Andre Drummond, Orlando's Aaron Gordon and the defending champion, Minnesota's Zach Lavine.

Lavine won again. Because this:

Hangtime. (Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty)

But not before Gordon did this:

What do you think, Drake?

Yeah, Drake, our minds are blown, too. (John Rieti/CBC)

Speaking of celebrities, Drake sat next to Spike Lee. Jon Stewart, who introduced the slam dunk contest judges — including crowd favourite Magic Johnson — sat courtside with celebrity game standout Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde and Steve Nash.

Nash actually came out to lend a soccer-style assist to Drummond during the dunk contest, which sadly didn't work out for the big man. 

But don't blame Nash. Even Drummond watched the dunk contest finish in a state of disbelief. 

Barton, however, gets the win for best entrance for his Thriller impression, complete with zombie cheerleaders.

Will 'The Thrill' indeed. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty)

In the other contests, two Golden State Warriors battled for the three-point shooting title, with Klay Thompson beating defending champ Steph Curry. And the big rookie Karl-Anthony Towns won the skills competition, to the delight of his teammate Andrew Wiggins, who watched from the sideline. 

Toronto Raptor Kyle Lowry competed in the three-point contest but didn't make it out of the first round. But, he'll start in Sunday's All-Star game while his teammate, DeMar DeRozan comes off the bench.

Here's hoping Sunday's games will have some more highlight reel dunks.

Karl-Anthony Towns, of the Timberwolves, celebrates after winning the skills contest on Saturday night. (John Rieti/CBC)

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