Blake Griffin wins slam dunk contest by jumping over a car
Clippers rookie power forward Blake Griffin won the Slam Dunk contest by leaping over a compact car while catching a pass from teammate Baron Davis through the sunroof and then slamming the ball through the rim with two hands Saturday night at Staples Center.
The final round was scored by fans nationwide.
Griffin defeated Wizards center JaVale McGee, who did a one-handed catch and dunk in his final attempt.
But Griffin's final dunk triggered wild applause as he jumped over the car perfectly and scored his dunk in his first attempt.
Serge Ibaka of the Thunder pulled off a bizarre dunk in the first round by snatching a stuffed toy hanging from the rim with his teeth while doing a reverse slam. But Ibaka was eliminated along with Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan.
Each of the four competitors in the contest performed two dunks in the first round and were scored by five courtside judges.
Photo: Clippers rookie Blake Griffin easily clears a car on his final dunk Saturday night. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press