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Dominique Wilkins makes two 360 lay-ups in 1986 NBA All-Star Game


Even though Dominique Wilkins was runner-up to his Hawks teammate Spud Webb in the legendary 1986 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Competition it seems that he still had much to prove at Sunday's game.

Eastern Conference All-Stars clinched 139-132 W led by Pistons' playmaking wizard Isiah Thomas, who was named Game's MVP, making his mother Mary so proud of him as her son.

But it was 'Nique who completely dazzled not just the players and fans alike in the Reunion Arena, but also the complete basketball globe, with two of his incredible 360 lay-ups. Not one, but two!

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The first time around, after he blocked Drexler's driving lay-up, 'Nique went on the break, received one of those just tooo eassssy Isiah's dimes and surprised everyone (but himself) when he took of for 360 degrees flying pirouette, directly in front of 1986 NBA's Most Improved Player, Alvin Robertson. 1984 Olympian could just stand and wonder what he just saw.

The second time around, it was 76ers Maurice Cheeks who stole the rock and passed it to 'Nique on the left-wing. Hawks 'flight #21' took it right to the 7'2'' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and flew by him while making 360 turns in the air. 'The Captain' could just stare at the whirling dervish in white!

Those two incredible moves from the 1986 NBA All-Star game in Dallas now stand as two crown exhibits of 'Human Highlight Film' basketball artistry and acrobatics while he was in his prime.

Marjan Crnogaj is BN contributor and the author of the book ‘Drazen – The Years of the Dragon’ which can be found here.


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