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The Most Epic NBA Dunk Contest Photos Ever Taken

With the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on the horizon, here is a look back at the most memorable photos and videos from the competition over the years.

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Houston Rockets' Chase Budinger pays homage to the 1992 dunk contest winner Cedric Ceballos by dunking with a blindfold during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Orlando.

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Blake Griffin, of the Los Angeles Clippers, dunks the ball over a car in the final round of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on Feb. 19, 2011, in Los Angeles.

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New York Knicks' Nate Robinson (4) in action, leaping over Orlando Magic Dwight Howard (12) during the finals of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 14, 2009, in Phoenix.

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Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic bounces the ball off of the back of the backboard before dunking at the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at New Orleans Arena on Feb. 16, 2008, in New Orleans.

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Gerald Green of the Minnesota Timberwolves completes his "birthday cake dunk" by blowing out a candle while dunking during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at the New Orleans Arena on Feb. 16, 2008, in New Orleans.

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Gerald Green of the Boston Celtics jumps over various things, including Nate Robinson, before dunking during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 17, 2007, in Las Vegas.

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Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks from behind the hoop during the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest at Toyota Center on Feb. 18, 2006, in Houston.

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Fred Jones of the Indiana Pacers almost hits his face on the basket while dunking during the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition on Feb. 14, 2004, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Desmond Mason of the Seattle SuperSonics dunks over a teammate during the 2001 NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 11, 2001, at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

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Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors performs two of the most memorable dunks of all time during the 2000 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.

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Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers soars for a dunk during the 1997 Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 8, 1997, at the Gund Arena in Cleveland.

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Brent Barry of the Los Angeles Clippers shocks the crowd when he dunks from the free-throw line during the NBA slam dunk contest on Feb. 10, 1996, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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Shawn Kemp of the Seattle SuperSonics preforms one of the greatest dunks that did not lead to victory during the 1991 slam dunk competition on Feb. 9, 1991, at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Isaiah "JR" Rider of the Minnesota Timberwolves attempts a slam dunk during the 1994 Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 12, 1994, at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

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Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks throws down a two-handed dunk with power during the 1990 Gatorade Slam Dunk Contest played at the Miami Arena on Feb. 10, 1990, in Miami.

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Michael Jordan nervously watched Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks dunks during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 7, 1988, at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls then stole the show and edged Atlanta Hawks'€™ Dominique Wilkins on his final dunk to win the contest on Feb. 7, 1988, at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois.

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