L.A. Clippers' Best Dunks and Highlights of the Season so Far
Unlike seasons past, the Clippers have jumped to elite status in the Western Conference and are largely considered contenders for a Western Conference crown. When healthy, this team is as good as any in the conference.
Here are Lob City’s ten best dunks and highlights of the season at the midway point.
Honorary Mention: Jamal Crawford Back-to-Back Lobs to Eric Bledsoe
Already up big at home in garbage time over the Dallas Mavericks, the run and gun second unit of the Los Angeles Clippers continued to take flight.
This dynamic backcourt connected on back-to-back lobs, much to the chagrin of Mark Cuban and the reeling Mavs.
The Clips' vaunted second unit "A Tribe Called Bench" is at its best when it is off and running. Crawford and Bledsoe's quick legs showed just how lethal this team can be.
10) Jamal Crawford Lob to DeAndre Jordan
Holding a 35-29 lead over the Dallas Mavericks midway through the second quarter, Jamal Crawford and DeAndre Jordan connected on one of the most brilliant lobs of the season.
Kaman, not a rookie to the posterizing scene, futilely tried to defend the dribbling maestro Crawford.
Jordan cut baseline, and Crawford hit him in midair for a monster right hand jam.
9) Blake Griffin Dunk on Pau Gasol
Holding onto a 50-46 lead with just over two minutes before halftime, Griffin ripped past Gasol on the baseline, putting it through with the one-handed reverse slam.
Gasol may have resisted the urge to contest the ball at the rim, but the damage was already done.
Another and-one dunk for BG, and another highlight reel dunk for Lob City.
8) Caron Butler Dunk on Chris Kaman
Butler is still valuable to the Clips' success, and has accepted his role on the Clippers as a team leader and jump shooter.
Nevertheless, Butler’s explosiveness still has a tendency to manifest itself.
In a December game against the Dallas Mavericks, Butler saw an open lane baseline. The UConn forward turned back the clock with a vicious slam over Chris Kaman and his old team.
7) Chris Paul Game Winner Over Tony Parker
Vying to contend with the NBA’s elite, the Los Angeles Clippers headed to San Antonio to take on the mighty Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Holding on to a two-point lead and the ball with just over 30 seconds left in what had been a back-and-forth game, the always cool Chris Paul looked for the dagger.
Isolated at the top of the key, Paul abused Tony Parker with a quick crossover and spin move, delivering a short fade away in the key that proved to be the coup de grace in a 92-87 road win.
More importantly, it was the Clips' second win over the Spurs of the season, keeping Lob City in the conversation for the West’s best, and giving LAC some redemption from its postseason sweep at the hands of the Spurs last season.
6) Jamal Crawford Drops Rudy Gay
Playing in the first game of his career in a Clippers jersey, Jamal Crawford did not fail to impress.
Leading all scorers with 29 points in a season opening win over the rival Memphis Grizzlies, Crawford showed Lob City why he has the best crossover in the game.
Tied at 83 in the fourth quarter, Crawford dominated the ball behind the three-point line with Rudy Gay defending him.
A quick shake-and-bake followed a pick from Lamar Odom left Gay in the dust, as @JCrossover converted the easy runner, bringing an animated Staples Center crowd to its feet.
5) Chris Paul Dagger Over Kobe Bryant
After blowing a double digit lead in the fourth quarter over the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Paul and co. needed one more basket to hold off the pesky Lake Show.
With the crowd on its feet, Paul delivered.
A quick crossover and behind the back dribble, and Paul gracefully faded away over the outstretched hands of the 6’6” Kobe Bryant.
The jumper gave the Clips a 103-97 lead that they would not relinquish, and the team’s second consecutive victory over its Staples Center co-tenants.
4) Blake Griffin Block on Deron Williams
Much has been made of Blake Griffin’s offensive pyrotechnics, but his improved defensive presence has gone largely under the radar.
BG’s defense was on full display in the first quarter of a road game against the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season.
As Deron Williams blew past Chris Paul on the perimeter and went up for a tomahawk jam, he was met by a leaping Blake Griffin who grabbed the ball out of the air for the monster block.
It was just another manifestation of Griffin’s new defensive versatility. Unfortunately, the Clips dropped the game in Brooklyn, losing 86-76.
3) Chris Paul Lob to Eric Bledsoe
Dominating the Sacramento Kings in garbage time, the Los Angeles Clippers continued to put the hurt on their Pacific Division rivals.
With Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe leading the pack in a two on one fast break, the Clips executed in fitting Lob City fashion.
Paul threw the lob to the 6’1” Bledsoe for the monster right hand jam.
It was a point guard connection few teams in the NBA can boast about, and the punctuation to a big win over the Kings.
2) Blake Griffin Off the Backboard Dunk
With a road win all but in hand over the Detroit Pistons, Blake Griffin and the Clippers continued to impress the hometown crowd.
Following a missed three-pointer by Brandon Knight, Griffin corralled the loose ball, and passed it up to the wide-open Matt Barnes.
Barnes opted not to score, but instead did his best Chris Paul impersonation, tossing a soft lob off the backboard to the trailing Griffin.
BG capitalized and threw down the one handed tomahawk slam, bringing a bit of Lob City to the Motor City.
1) Eric Bledsoe Denies Dwyane Wade
Tied in a close ball game against the defending champion Miami Heat, the Clippers were looking for a statement win on national TV that would announce their presence as NBA contenders.
After a turnover by Jamal Crawford, Dwyane Wade picked up the loose ball, dribbling the other way for what looked to be an open breakaway jam.
Eric Bledsoe hustled back, slowed down and timed his jump for a beautiful rejection of Wade at the rim.
The block was as much an announcement of the Clippers’ contender status as it was of the arrival of the young Eric Bledsoe.
It was the collision of two of the best shot blocking guards in the game, and more importantly resulted in a 107-100 Clipper win.
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