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Cassius Stanley falls short in Slam Dunk Contest, finishing 3rd

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A highlight first dunk for Cassius Stanley was ruled a surprisingly low 44, making a comeback attempt all but impossible for the Pacers rookie.

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It was a short night for Indiana Pacers’ rookie Cassius Stanley in the Kia Slam Dunk Contest after some harsh scoring from the judges saddled his between the legs dunk with a 44 out of 50, the lowest score first round despite being arguably the best of the first round and maybe the night.

In his second dunk, Stanley attempted to go between both legs, but after a couple of failed attempts, he simplified things for a more straightforward dunk, scoring a 37.

Anfernee Simons would go on to win the contest, first pulling the ball from the top of the square, then blowing a kiss to the rim for the win.

Both Jamal Crawford and Draymond Green sounded off about the scoring, but Green then pointed out that that Stanley didn’t do himself any favors in the comeback attempt with his second dunk.

Stanley may have been thrown off with the scoring, as he lined up his opening dunk assuming it could’ve been a 50. He did confirm that Domantas Sabonis would’ve been a part of the final round had he made it there, but opted to keep it under wraps in the event he participates in the contest in the future.