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Mac McClung puts in a great reverse dunk over the towering Shaq, wins the 2024 Slam Dunk contest for back-to-back titles

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The 2024 AT&T Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA All-Star Weekend saw Mac McClung emerge as the champion, making him the sixth player to win the event twice and the first to achieve this feat in consecutive seasons since Zach LaVine in 2015-16. McClung’s winning dunk involved an impressive reverse dunk over the towering Shaquille O’Neal (7’1”), earning him a perfect score of 50 and securing back-to-back titles.

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“You better not miss a dunk… All right, I won’t miss it.” – Mac McClung hails Shaq for extra motivation

Post his win, Mac McClung shared his emotions on when he saw Shaq put on his jersey as he expressed “Shaq is so cool to put on my high school jersey” Makes me emotional that he did that.” He also pointed out how his conversation with the basketball legend urged him to do his best as he stated “When he put it on, he said, You better not miss a dunk. And I was like, All right, I won’t miss it.”

Mac McClung wins back-to-back titles.

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Commenting on the creativity of the dunk, Mac McClung said “Just a lot of thinking. I don’t think I’ve worked so diligently on something so far away for a long time. I can’t lie to you and be like, oh, man, I just came up — it took a long time.”

Mac McClung’s victory marked a noteworthy achievement, and when asked about the possibility of going for a third consecutive win, he remained non-committal, stating, “I would never say never… It’s an honor to be here.”

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The participating players in the 2024 Slam Dunk Contest included Jaylen Brown (Celtics), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Heat), Mac McClung (G League, Osceola Magic – defending champ), and Jacob Toppin (Knicks). The judging panel consisted of Gary Payton, Mitch Richmond, Dominique Wilkins, Fred Jones, and Darnell Hillman.

Other highlights of the All-Star Weekend included the Ruffles Celebrity Game, where Team Shannon, led by NFL superstar Micah Parsons, triumphed over Team Stephen A. Damian Lillard and Mac McClung successfully defended their titles in the Starry 3-Point Contest and the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest, respectively. The event also featured NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addressing various league-related issues and discussing the future face of the league after LeBron James.

Read more: Shaq expresses concern over the Bucks’s recent loss against the Grizzlies despite impressive efforts from star player

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Saswata Saha
Saswata Saha
I'm a sports enthusiast with a strong interest in pursuing a career in sports. I watch most of the sports and try to analyse it for a better understanding.
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