Dominique’s Greatest Moments - 4
Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, as you may have heard. We here at Hawks.com cannot get enough of Nique, and are constantly scouring the internet for video of his days as the Human Highlight Film. On December 1st, the Hawks will be honoring Dominique as part of Hardwood Classic Nights, with the team wearing throwback uniforms representing the 1986 season.
To get ready for the festivities, Hawks.com is counting down the 21
greatest moments of Wilkins' career. Check back daily as we update the countdown
every weekday leading up to the Dec. 1 match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
February 10, 1985: Dominique Wilkins wins his first Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis.
Competing in his second contest, Dominique remembered a lesson from losing his first year - come strong or don't come at all. Where he had held back the year before after starting strong, in 1985 Nique brought the noise, the funk, and everything else in defeating a star-studded field for his first of two dunk contest victories.
Dr. J, Larry Nance (the 1984 champion), and Michael Jordan each gave it their best, but in the end it was Nique who wowed the crowd and took home the title, beating Jordan in the final.
The previous year, Hawks coach Mike Fratello had told Wilkins to "not get hurt", causing Nique to go conservative and miss out on making the finals. Fratello did no such thing in 1985, and Wilkins racked up two 50s in the finals for a 147-136 victory over MJ.