This Aaron Gordon dunk was best of the night, so how’d he not win?

Orlando Magic player Aaron Gordon dunks the ball over Magic mascot "Stuff" during the slam dunk contest.

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Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon had an epic duel in Saturday night’s dunk contest, and defending champ LaVine won because he was amazing and, well, one of them had to.

But how the heck did Gordon not win when he had the dunk of the night?

Watch the dunk below and if you figure out the answer, please let us know.

Uh, can we see that again? In, like, slow-mo with some 3D Matrix stuff?

Gordon jumped over Magic mascot Stuff, who was standing on a hoverboard, for three of his dunks, including one in which he grabbed the ball and passed it underneath both legs before throwing it down. He also grabbed the ball out of a spinning Stuff’s hand and threw down a huge 360 to open the final round.

"If I knew it was going to be like that, I would have prepared better and we would have been here dunking all night, going back 50 after 50 after 50 after 50," Gordon said. "We would have been here all night. I didn’t know it was going to be like that."

Plenty of players thought Gordon definitely didn’t lose.

But Shaq sure didn’t help the kid’s cause. (Still hating on Orlando guys, big fella?)

Nevertheless, Gordon was gracious in defeat.

"Zach’s an incredible dunker," Gordon said. "He went through the legs from the free-throw line. That is insane. So off that dunk, you’ve got to give it to him. That’s why the trophy’s with him and not with me."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.