'Highway robbery': Dennis Smith Jr. not happy about low dunk contest score

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Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. may have had the best dunk of the Verizon Slam Dunk contest Saturday night, but the low score given to his first dunk — a 39 out of 50 — kept him out of the finals of the four-man competition.

The rookie wasn’t happy about it, and voiced his frustration on social media afterward.

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For his first attempt, Smith attempted a 360 windmill but could not convert. After the miss, he switched things up and slammed home a double-pump reverse jam, yielding a score of 39 from the judges.

Based on his tweet, Smith is not happy that dunk received a score of 39 when Victor Oladipo received a 31 despite missing all three of his attempts at a two-handed reverse windmill.

Smith’s second dunk resulted in the first perfect score of the night, and deservedly so. Watch this:

The combined total of those two dunks, 89, fell behind finalists Donovan Mitchell (98) and Larry Nance Jr. (93). And in the end, Mitchell, with a Vince Carter tribute as his finale, bested Nance Jr. to take home the victory.

You be the judge. Does Smith Jr. have a legitimate beef?

Dallas Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr. competes in the NBA All-Star basketball slam dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)
Dallas Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr. competes in the NBA All-Star basketball slam dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)

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