Timofey Mozgov Continues His Dunking Revenge Tour

Ben Leibowitz@BenLeboCorrespondent IIIJanuary 8, 2014

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 5: Timofey Mozgov #25 of the Denver Nuggets dunks the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on November 5, 2013 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov is on a mission—a mission to shed the label of "the guy who Blake Griffin dunked on."

The Russian big man capped off a fast break with a vicious dunk against the Boston Celtics, and added a big-time block in the Nuggets' 129-98 blowout victory on Tuesday.

Mozgov has embraced the opportunity to play more minutes this season. He had a 17-point, 20-rebound effort on Dec. 3 against the Brooklyn Nets, and a 20-point, seven-rebound performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

He's playing solid defense and throwing down highlight-reel dunks on a regular basis.

He almost got revenge on Griffin in 2012 (a block negated by a foul call):

Mozgov is a competitor, and he hasn't let getting infamously shown up define his NBA career.

The 27-year-old is averaging 8.8 points, six rebounds, 1.2 blocks and is shooting 55.1 percent from the field. Those numbers are all career highs.