Paul Millsap Steals Some Highlight Real Estate

Rob Mahoney@RobMahoneyNBA Lead WriterApril 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31:  Paul Millsap #24 of the Utah Jazz calls for a jump ball after being called for a foul on Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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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.

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