15 Coolest Photos from First Quarter of 2012-13 NBA Season

Brendan BowersContributor IIDecember 14, 2012

15 Coolest Photos from First Quarter of 2012-13 NBA Season

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    The 15 coolest photos from the first quarter of the 2012-13 NBA season include a combination of spectacular plays and magical moments.

    They range from Blake Griffin meeting a dunk attempt at its highest point to Anthony Davis walking onto the court and meeting a legend.

    Images of new rivalries were captured in New York while game-winning shots were celebrated in Utah.

    High-flying finishes were also highlighted, as teams new and old set out on their quest for an NBA championship.  

    I selected the 15 photos that I thought were the coolest.

    There will be more as the season continues. Promise. 

That Doesn't Go There, Deron Williams

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    Blake Griffin rose up to deny a Deron Williams dunk attempt as the Los Angeles Clippers visited the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season. 

    Certainly respect Williams for taking it strong the basket.

    That doesn't always work when Griffin's there, though.

A Ring Finally Fit for an NBA King

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    As the Miami Heat opened their season against the Boston Celtics, LeBron James and his teammates were awarded their NBA championship rings.

    James styled his for the camera before tip-off. He hopes to earn another by season's end.

Excuse Me, Nikola Peković

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    Harrison Barnes smashed on Nikola Peković earlier this season in the dunk heard 'round the league.

    For those who questioned Barnes' athleticism heading into the his rookie campaign, he provided reason to believe. 

The Future Meets the Legend

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    Anthony Davis stepped onto the NBA court for the first time on October 31. 

    Tim Duncan was standing there when he arrived.

    As the two eras collided, Davis finished with 21 points and seven rebounds in his debut. Duncan's team, however, finished with the 99-95 win. 

Jeff Green Dunks, Al Jefferson Takes Cover

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    Jeff Green went over and through Al Jefferson for the emphatic finish earlier this season. 

    Unfortunately for Jefferson, he took cover in hopes to minimize the impact.

    Big Al was almost able to duck down out of the picture, too. Almost. 

New Rivalries Born in New York City

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    There was a new rivalry born in New York this season.

    The Brooklyn Nets are now challenging the New York Knicks for their share of Broadway's bright lights.

    The Nets won the first matchup between these two teams, but the Knicks got the next one. Carmelo Anthony scored 45 in that win.

The New-Look Los Angeles Lakers

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    This was a more encouraging sight for Los Angeles Lakers fans a couple months ago.

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace all rocking the purple and gold.

    It's maybe not as cool right now, with the Lakers slipping to 9-14, but it still could be by season's end.

Guess I'll Guard You Now, Kevin Durant

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder squared off with the Houston Rockets on November 28.

    When they did, James Harden was matched up with his former team for the first time. 

    After playing with Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City, James Harden was now playing against him. 

Mo Williams Celebrates a Game-Winner

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    Mo Williams hit a dramatic game-winning jump shot on Wednesday.

    As time expired, he gave his Utah Jazz the lift they needed to sneak by the San Antonio Spurs.  

    The crowd responded accordingly. Williams soaked it all in.

Josh Smith and the High-Flying Hawks

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    Nobody saw the Atlanta Hawks coming this season.

    Not top-three best records in the Eastern Conference good at least.

    Josh Smith, however, has his team soaring though the standings despite that. Just as he soared to the rim for this emphatic slam.

Still Doing It After All These Years

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    There are well over 30 years of NBA experience between Jason Kidd and Kobe Bryant.

    They're still going at each other too, after all these years.

    Kobe Bryant is doing it to the tune of 29.3 points per game. Jason Kidd has made a major impact for the Knicks this season as well.

The Grind Time Memphis Grizzlies

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    The Memphis Grizzlies approach the game collectively. 

    They are at their best when playing like a cohesive unit. So far this season, they have been.

    This is a team you don't want to see in the postseason. No matter who you are.

Chris Paul on Attack Mode

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    When Chris Paul makes the decision to attack the basket, it's best to just get out of his way.

    At full throttle, there is no slowing Paul down when the ball is in his hands.

    On the season he's averaging over 16 points and nine assists through Thursday.

Knicks Celebrate Smith as Salsa Dance Concludes

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    J.R. Smith hit the game-winning shot to beat the Charlotte Bobcats. 

    He followed that up with a salsa dance.

    His teammates embrace him here afterwards, certainly appreciative of both.  

Rajon Rondo with the Finger-Roll

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    Rajon Rondo finishes at the rim with a finger-roll against the Dallas Mavericks. 

    Rondo is doing it all this season for the Celtics, averaging 13 points, 12 assists and five rebounds through Thursday.