The Battle for Los Angeles may not have been the best game on Wednesday's highly entertaining slate, but it certainly stole the evening with intrigue, outstanding individual performances and oh, just a few ridiculous Blake Griffin highlights.
But somewhere on the backburner was a crucial game between two Western Conference teams on the playoff cusp, and a sneaky juke and jam from the perennially underrated Paul Millsap. It won't make much of a blip in the wake of Griffin's violent slams and Dwight Howard's shameless power play, but Millsap's unabashed exploitation of Suns rookie Markieff Morris is completely delightful in its own way.
With the slightest in step, Millsap sells his shot fake beautifully. With a careful jab step, his ball fake sells itself. A quick dribble, a single stride and a sudden launch later, and he's finishing easily with two hands before Marcin Gortat even has a chance to challenge him. There's something immensely powerful in dunkers who embarrass those who dare contest them, but moves like this—in which contesting isn't really an option at all—should strike as equally impressive, even as they lack in the same visceral appeal. It's not an embarrassment, but domination in speed and technique is still domination.