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LaVine dedicates dunk contest win to late Flip Saunders

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Zach LaVine of the Timberwolves wins the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night and dedicates his trophy to the memory of Flip Saunders.Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images

Zach LaVine of the Timberwolves wins the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night and dedicates his trophy to the memory of Flip Saunders.

Just when you thought Saturday night’s Slam Dunk contest couldn’t get any better, the champion and Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine made it even better afterward.

LaVine, who barely out-dueled Orlando’s Aaron Gordon to win his second Slam Dunk Contest in a row, posted a tribute to his late coach, Flip Saunders, on Instagram after the win.

Saunders, a beloved coach and executive with the Wolves who drafted LaVine out of UCLA with the 13th pick of the 2014, died of cancer in October. He was just 60 years old.

LaVine wrote “I dedicate this dunk contest and the trophy to my late coach, Flip Saunders and the Saunders family. He’s the one that always believed in me and drafted me! We all loved Flip and his memory will live on forever! #loveyacoach #2016dunkchamp”

Excellent job by the second-year player, both during and after the contest.

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