JaVale McGee dunked in two baskets at once and dunked three basketballs in rapid succession. Serge Ibaka jammed it home from beyond the free throw line. DeMar DeRozan went off the backboard through the legs and pushed it home.
But in the end, Blake Griffin and TNT analyist Kenny Smith put on a performance. They brought out a car and a choir and won the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
With Smith acting as ring master hyping up the hometown crowd, Griffin took a lob pass from his Los Angeles Clippers teammate Baron Davis and jumped over a Kia while a choir belted out "I Believe I Can Fly."
Davis tossed the pass from the sunroof Kia Optima and Griffin jumped over the hood of the vehicle and slammed the ball home with a two-handed diddy.
Griffin also soared into the air, grabbed the basketball and tossed the bucket through the rim, dangling from the bucket with his elbow after the jam in the first round of the finals. McGee followed with the no-look reverse windmill jam from behind the basket. McGee's head soared near the rim on his last dunk, as he bounced it off the backboard and jammed it home -- an unimpressive end to what was a fantastic start for the Washington Wizards big man.
McGee scored a perfect 50 after he pulled off the first double-dunk in NBA Slam Dunk history, throwing one ball off of one backboard, while holding onto the other ball. He then dunked both balls through the hop at the same time. That was one point better than the jam by the hometown favorite Griffin, who completed a 360-degree two-handed dunk, which brought the Staples Center crowd to its feet.
But Griffin only scored a 46 on his next on his next dunk with a windmill jam off of the backboard for a total of 95. McGee easily advanced to second round with the first ever triple dunk. He finished the first round with a score of 99.
The Toronto Raptors' DeRozan lead off the competition with "East Bay Funk Remix" missed on his first first five tries before sinking a dunk through legs with a pass off of backboard. That was rewarded with a tally of 44. The Compton, Calif. native followed with "The Showstopper," bouncing the ball from the 3-point line before pushing it home with an emphatic right-handed dunk for a perfect score of 50.
Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder finished in last place with a score of 90 with a dunk from behind the free throw line, which posted a score of 45, before posting another by grabbing a stuffed animal from around the rim with his teeth while slamming the dunk home.
Former Atlanta Hawks star Dominique Wilkins, Clyde Drexler, James Worthy, Brent Barry and Dr. J were the judges for the first round of the competition, which highlighted the 2011 NBA All-Star Saturday Night Festivities. Fans voted Griffin the winner of the final round via text message and an online vote.