Blake Griffin has thrown down an assortment of memorable dunks during his short NBA career.
Griffin might have outdone himself Monday night in the Clippers’ 112-100 victory over Oklahoma City.
On the play early in the third quarter, he slammed the ball in the face of burly Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins in one of the more memorable dunks in recent NBA history.
Griffin threw the ball down with his right hand with such force, his left hand on Perkins’ shoulder. Even worse, he was fouled by Perkins on the play and he then converted the free throw to complete the three-point play.
The play left the Staples Center crowd buzzing as it was shown seven times on the video screen in the minute after the play.
“Like I said, it’s the timing of the play. It’s the timing of when I got the pass, the late rotation, all that,” Griffinof his dunk. “If all that comes together at the right time, it happens. It’s not like I caught the ball and said, ‘OK, let’s go make something happen.’ It just kind of came together like that.”
Clippers guard Chris Paul, who set up the dunk from the left wing with a nice entry pass, was charged by Griffin’s athleticism on the play.
“That’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen, just like the dunk (Griffin had) against the (last season),” Paul . “ You’re watching the game, and I’m playing the game. So I can get excited for a split second, but I have to keep everyone locked in and let that one go.”
But Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant wasn’t nearly as impressed.
“Man, I don’t care about that dunk,” Durant said.
Sorry, Kevin. But the rest of the nation doesn’t agree.
Here’s a look at Griffin’s slam, thanks to You Tube.com