It was the first round that may have been the best round on Saturday as DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, JaVale McGee and Blake Griffin all threw down ferocious slams to open the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest in Los Angeles. From the start, when DeRozan picked a pass off the stanchion, put it between his legs ala Vince Carter and threw it down. From there, the contests played a game of one-up, throwing down incredible dunks throughout the night.
Check out the video of all four first-round dunks, which may have been the best of the night.
You have DeRozan's underrated dunk, Ibaka's free throw line dunk, McGee's double dunk and Griffin's whirling dervish dunk. McGee took home the first-round lead with a perfect 50, followed by Griffin's 49, with Ibaka and DeRozan trailing the pack. Yes, the guy that legitimately dunked from the free throw line and the guy that put a new twist on the Vince Carter dunk were trailing.
It was a heck of a show by all four dunkers, and was a shame the contest couldn't just keep going. Each elevated their game and brought the house down at Staples Center, making for some quality TV.
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