Blake Griffin discusses his monster dunk over Kendrick Perkins
Blake Griffin saw an open lane in the third quarter of the Clippers' game against Oklahoma City on Monday. He charged to the basket. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins responded, bravely putting his body in front of the oncoming freight train.
Griffin elevated, and Perkins' face was up pressed against Griffin's body like a child sticking his face against a window.
Within moments, the Twitterverse was going crazy. So was the sold-out crowd at Staples Center. So were Griffin's teammates.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan immediately hugged Griffin was such force that he practically knocked the wind out of his teammate. That was when Griffin said he knew something spectacular had occurred.
"By the crowd's reaction you can kind of gauge how it was," he said. "My second gauge is DJ's reaction.
"He came up and like arm-locked me. I couldn't breathe. I had to like pull him off."
Said Jordan: "I was shocked. I didn't know what to do, so I just grabbed him. ... I feel like I dunked it."
Said Clippers guard Chris Paul: "That's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen."
The only player who wasn't in awe was Perkins, who fouled Griffin on the dunk. The Clippers star then went to the free-throw-line and converted the three-point play.
Sitting morosely by his locker after the Clippers' 112-100 win, Perkins acknowledged that Griffin got the better of him.
"It happens," he said. "At the end of the day, if you're a shot-blocker you're going to get dunked on. It was a great play he made. Obviously, I wish I wasn't in it."
-- Melissa Rohlin