Anfernee Simons blows rim a kiss, wins dunk contest (video)
Anfernee Simons never touched lips to rim during practice. He wanted to avoid hurting himself Sunday night in Atlanta. He couldn’t find a mouthpiece that fit. So, when the Trail Blazers guard took off for his final attempt, he knew he had little chance of sealing the dunk contest with a kiss.
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