Blazers' Anfernee Simons wins abbreviated slam dunk contest at NBA All-Star Game

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In an abbreviated dunk contest at halftime of the All-Star Game at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena, the 21-year-old, 6-3 Simons won the event.

Judges Dominque Wilkins, Dee Brown and Jason Richardson voted for Simons’ dunk.

On his first dunk of the first round, Simons placed a basketball on a platform attached the backboard 18 inches above the rim.

The three contestants were paired with a historically black college or university to provide "financial support for students, faculty or programs that address emergency aid, technology needs, food insecurities and mental health services exacerbated by the pandemic," according to the NBA.

Each HBCU represented by the players will receive a $50,000 donation toward their respective school, with the winner adding an additional $100,000.

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