LeBron James’ one-handed alley-oop dunk on Sunday was good enough to last one day on the “Best Dunk of the Year” list.
And who stepped up to the knock the King off his South Beach throne? Blake Griffin, that’s who.
During the Los Angeles Clippers 112-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night, Griffin once again pulled off a show-stopping, thunderous slam that sent the crowd into a frenzy and prompted the broadcaster to say something to the extent of “oh me, oh my.” It seems he was overwhelmed with shock that the right words couldn’t come out.
During the third quarter of the game, Griffin snatched a bounce pass from guard Chris Paul, jumped in the lane and was met by the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins.
Not to be denied, Griffin elevated as high as he could go, extended his right arm over Perkins and slammed it in.
Perkins was Mozgoved.
The highlight dunk was similar to when Griffin went on a dunking spree against the Knicks last season and dunked on then-Knicks center Timofey Mozgov.
In this dunk, however, he actually was able to wrap his fingers around the rim, making it even more impressive.
James, who pulled off an impressive dunk himself the night before by dunking over the Bulls’ John Lucas, conceded defeat Monday night, acknowledging that Griffin’s dunk was the No. 1 dunk of the year.
Dunk of the Year!! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!! Wow!! I guess I’m #2 now. Move over #6
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 31, 2012
Other athletes also chimed in.
Blake Griffin just made one of the top dunks of the season. Maybe even his career! #Beast
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) January 31, 2012
So whose dunk was better, Blake or LeBron?