2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Recap

George comes up short in Dunk Contest

February 25, 2012

Paul George blended creativity and pure athleticism in his first appearance in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but it wasn't enough as Jeremy Evans took the crown on Saturday night.

George was joined by teammates Roy Hibbert and Dahntay Jones for his first dunk in which he cleared the 7-2 Hibbert. The Amway Center turned down the lights for his second dunk as George wore a unique glow-in-the-dark uniform. If the creativity weren't enough, he successfully completed a 360 windmill slam. In his third and final dunk, George paid homage to Larry Bird by slapping a sticker on the backboard while throwing down the dunk.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Utah's Jeremy Evans won the Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA's All-Star Saturday night festivities.

Evans, who got into the competition as a replacement for injured New York guard Iman Shumpert, earned 29 percent of 3 million text message votes cast by fans.

This was the first year that fans had total control of voting, a major tweak from past competitions.

Evans 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.