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Slam dunk contest - 5 most electrifying performances

Modified 20 Mar 2019
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5. Julius Erving, 1976

Although the contest featured the stars from ABA, this was the first time the world got a glimpse of Julius Erving’s showpiece. Erving’s contest was close till he slammed in the last one. His four dunks had everything – his afro and on court persona, the leaps from the free throw line, the consistency to dunk one bucket after another in quick succession, and finally, the monumental reverse 360 dunk. Dr. J’s dunks in this contest would go on to inspire several key players at that time to take up the art of dunking in games. Such was the spectacular quality of this dunk that it is still fancied to be one of the better dunks in modern basketball history, particularly since television coverage began.

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Published 12 Aug 2012, 18:07 IST
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