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Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce likened the NBA Slam Dunk Contest to an ex-girlfriend, suggesting that, at a certain point, it’s necessary to move on to different experiences or pursuits.

The participants in this year’s competition included G League player Mac McClung, New York Knicks forward Jacob Toppin, Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, and Miami Heat forward Jaime Jaquez Jr.