Griffin soars over car to win All-star dunk contest
Updated: 2011-02-21 09:59
Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin jumps over a car while competing in the slam dunk contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, Feb 19, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
LOS ANGELES - Blake Griffin soared over an automobile and into a new stratosphere on Saturday with an awe-inspiring performance to win the NBA's slam dunk contest.
"Just being out here and having the experience of something I watched growing up. To be able to be out here is great," said the 21-year-old Griffin.
Griffin entered the competition as the favorite to win but it was Washington Wizards high-flyer JaVale McGee who created the biggest buzz in the opening round.
The seven-footer (2.13m) used two baskets and then dunked with three basketballs during separate displays that earned him perfect scores from the judges.
Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin hangs on the rim while competing in the slam dunk contest during the NBA All-Star dunk contest in Los Angeles, Feb 19, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
But Blake prevailed in the final with a slam that saw him insert his forearm into the net and hang from the rim by his elbow before bringing the car onto the court.
Earlier, Miami Heat sharpshooter James Jones crashed a Boston party by defeating Celtics team mates Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to win the three-point contest.
Golden State guard Stephen Curry outlasted Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook to claim the skills challenge, a mix of dribbling, shooting, layup, and passing drills.
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