Utah’s Jeremy Evans won the Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA’s All-Star Saturday night with a support of 29 percent text message votes from three million fans.
Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love beat out Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant to win the 3-Point Shootout in a 17-14 tiebreaker.
Evans, who got into the competition as a replacement for injured New York guard Iman Shumpert, earned the win over Houston’s Chase Budinger, Indiana’s Paul George and Minnesota’s Derrick Williams.
Evans dunked with a camera on his head, dunked two basketballs while jumping over a seated assistant and then donned a Karl Malone jersey while dunking over mailman-dressed comedian Kevin Hart.
“Just me playing for the Jazz right now, I feel that’s huge,” said Evans. “I feel like Karl Malone, Stockton, those are pretty good players for the Jazz, two of the best. I just feel that I should do that.”
This year’s contest lasted three rounds, but the four participants had only two minutes per round to complete a single dunk.
This was the first year that fans had total control of voting, a major tweak from past competitions.