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It was the dunk that had the potential to break YouTube, but Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant says he was not all that impressed.
Which is saying something, considering he had the best view in the house when Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin took to the air several feet from the rim, stayed there a little while at rim level, then threw down on top of Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins on Monday night.
The dunk instantly drew comparisons to Griffin's similar effort over former Knicks player Timofey Mozgov last season, and within minutes "Blake Griffin," "Kendrick Perkins," "#dunkoftheyear" and "Mozgov" were all trending nationally on Twitter. Millions have watched the dunk on YouTube in the past two days.
But for MVP candidate Durant, it wasn't even a dunk.
"I have no appreciation for it at all," Durant told the Dallas Morning News after his team's shootaround in Dallas on Wednesday.
"It was a layup. He threw the ball in and got fouled and made his free throw. It's three points at the end of the day, no matter how it went in the basket.
"So I really wasn't impressed. He finished it. So what? We moved on. That's not why we lost the game. Any time you guys ask about my teammate getting dunked on or crossed up or a shot made on him, it's a bad question and I don't like it."
Perkins, who will be appearing on bedroom wall posters as Griffin's victim for years to come, will undoubtedly be thankful for the words of support from his team's star player.
"I wasn't surprised because Blake is a poster child," Durant said. "He dunks the ball a lot and makes spectacular plays. If it wasn't against us, maybe I'd say it was a good play. But it was against us, so it was a bad play. I have nothing against Blake. Don't get that wrong. But it was against us so I have to stick up for my teammate."
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The Salt Lake Tribune
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Chris Paul had 26 points and 14 assists, Blake Griffin added 22 points and a monstrous dunk, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Oklahoma City 112-100 Monday night, snapping the Thunder's four-game winning streak in a matchup of division leaders.
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by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni
There was universal agreement that Blake Griffin threw down the dunk of the season a few nights ago, a monster finish over OKC Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. Well, almost universal.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul had 26 points and 14 assists, Blake Griffin added 22 points and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated
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Live analysis: L.A. Clippers lead Utah Jazz 32-29 after first quarter
By Steve Luhm
The Salt Lake Tribune
Published Feb 1, 2012 08:53PM MDT
The First: Clippers 32, Jazz 29
The Jazz use an early 8-0 run to take a 15-11 lead. Chris Paul scores eight points in less than a minute to put the Clippers back in front. Blake Griffin scores 14 points. Paul finishes with 12.
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