Reggie Jackson throws down monster and-1 dunk vs Warriors (Video)

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson dribbled around the defense and threw down a monster one-handed and-1 dunk during the second quarter of Sunday’s game against Golden State.Jackson is doing his part to pick up the slack for injured teammate Russell Westbrook, and he certainly brought the home crowd to their feet with this play.Jackson led the Thunder with 22 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors beat the Thunder 91-86.Video via NBA.
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Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Throws It Down over 7’6″ Mamadou Ndiaye

Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is fearless.

On Wednesday night, the 6’7” Wildcats forward threw down a huge dunk on UC Irvine’s 7’6” center, Mamadou Ndiaye. There is no doubt that this will go down as one of the best dunks of the season.

This is pretty much the perfect example of a defender getting posterized. The only problem is that Ndiaye wouldn’t fit on a poster. Let’s just say that this dunk should be made into a Fathead.

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Paul Millsap Throws Down Poster Dunk on Lakers’ Jordan Hill

Atlanta power forward Paul Millsap made the NBA All-Star team as a reserve last season, and plays like this might get him back on the squad. 

During the second quarter of the Hawks’ matchup with the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, Millsap went right around Carlos Boozer and threw down over a rotating Jordan Hill, bringing his team’s deficit down to 10. 

Sorry, Hill. Just a little too slow.

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Chris Bosh Turned Down Houston Rockets to Avoid More Big 3 Pressure

Big Threes are overrated—you know, after you’ve spent four years being a part of one.

And if your name is Chris Bosh.

Instead of following LeBron James’ free-agency lead and forming another NBA superpower with the Houston Rockets, Bosh elected to stay with the Miami Heat over the offseason. Months after the fact, the All-Star big man revealed more about the logic behind his decision to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger.

“I could see where people would think that’s an attractive site,” he said. “They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could’ve been out there. But you know, that doesn’t guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure.”

Makes sense.

Bosh enjoyed four seasons of title contention in Miami alongside Dwyane Wade and James. But he and his partners in crime also faced unparalleled pressure. Every loss was scrutinized and blown out of proportion. That the Heat caged two championships after four straight Finals appearances was somehow depicted as a failure within certain circles.

More of the same awaited Bosh in Houston, where he would have joined James Harden, Dwight Howard and presumably Chandler Parsons, giving the Rockets a Big Four. The pressure there arguably would have been worse.

Jumping to yet another team would mean Bosh was chasing titles. Abandoning Miami would mean he had to win those titles, lest he be remembered as a moderately successful championship hanger-on.

Staying with the Heat was the safe play in that sense. It safeguarded him against Big Three dissection while adding a pinch of loyalty to his NBA resume.

There were other factors, of course. More than $118 million was thrown his way, and the new-look Heat promised a featured role the superstar-stuffed Rockets could not.

Some might see that as a flagrant cop out. Others might interpret it as Bosh prioritizing money over winning. And perhaps it is all those things. But, more than anything else, Berger says this is Bosh absolving himself, however slightly, of Big Three wear and tear:

Before you jump on Bosh for taking the easy way out, consider what the past four years were like for him. He was never the most important corner of the James-Wade-Bosh triangle, except when he missed an open jumper or flubbed a defensive assignment. He had to sacrifice and unlearn key parts of his game to adapt to the more dominant talents and personalities around him. For four years, every day in the life of the Miami Heat was like being on tour with the No. 1 artist in the land.

The perpetual chase, the championship-or-bust environment, the celebrity status afforded basketball’s three-headed monster — all of it wore on James, who spoke often last season of the mental fatigue of pursuing a fourth straight trip to the Finals. Everyone was so busy chronicling James’ every word that they forgot to ask Bosh what he thought.

It wore on him, too.

Remaining with the Heat was Bosh’s escape—his deserved respite from four years of status-wobbling. This is not to be confused with a vacation. There is still work to be done in Miami.

The Heat are battling through injuries and a depthless rotation, trying to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Their 15th-ranked defense is vulnerable to penetration, their 11th-ranked offense is desperately dependent on Bosh and Wade.

Bosh himself is still coming to terms with his new role. His stats are up across the board—most notably his assist and usage rates—and he’s now a defensive-afterthought-turned-focal-point.

Adjusting to life as a grinder has been, and shall remain, a process. For four years, even in the most uncertain times, Bosh had the luxury of knowing the Heat would be right there in the end. No such guarantees can be made now.

“But it’s what I asked for, I guess,” Bosh said of the situation in Miami, per Sports on Earth’s Howard Megdal. “So I have to be stern with myself, and patient at the same time. To just know it’s a process, and to live with that process.”

Tougher parts of this process await. Wade’s status moving forward is unknown, and upcoming opponents include the Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors. Each contest is another measuring stick, and a chance for Miami to show where it stands.

Succeed or fail, Bosh will be at the forefront of everything—the alpha dog on a Heat team that gave him what he asked for by being less than super.

 

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Manhattan’s Rich Williams Throws Down Last-Second Alley-Oop to Send Game to OT

It’s only the Tip-Off Marathon, but college basketball has already seen some thrilling madness this season.

With 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation, Manhattan trailed UMass 61-59. The Jaspers had the ball at their own baseline and needed a clutch play to tie—or win—the game.

That’s when Manhattan’s Emmy Andujar set 6’5″ teammate Rich Williams up for the game-tying alley-oop with a great lob on the inbounds pass.

Williams’ last-second basket tied the game at 61-61, sending it to overtime.

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Pangos, No. 11 Gonzaga shut down No. 23 SMU

Kevin Pangos made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points.

      
 

 

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Video: James Ennis Throws Down the SICK Double-Clutch Dunk

King James Ennis as they have anointed him here in Miami is up to his usual antics again. In the second quarter of the Miami Heat-Brooklyn Nets game, Ennis threw down a monster double-clutch dunk over Alan Anderson of the Nets.

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Russell Westbrook Shoots Down Lakers Fan’s Recruiting Pitch

Things are so bad for the Los Angeles Lakers right now that the team’s fans are recruiting players who won’t even hit the market for a couple more years. Some fans even go to games in which their team isn’t playing to try to woo players.

On Sunday, a Lakers fan attended the Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Houston Rockets. While there, the fan decided to pitch the Lakers to injured Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook—who is signed through the 2016-17 season.

Westbrook wasn’t interested in the fan’s recruiting pitch.

Any Lakers fan who wants Westbrook in purple and gold starting in 2017 better come up with an improved recruiting pitch within the next three years.

[Darnell Mayberryh/t ProBasketballTalk]

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Raptors’ Terrence Ross Somehow Extends to Throw Down Half-Court Alley-Oop

The Toronto Raptors are one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the NBA, if only for the potential Terrence Ross highlights. 

Against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, Kyle Lowry saw a back-cutting Ross as a potential alley-oop. He threw it up to Ross, who adjusted in mid-air to somehow reach and throw it down for a score.

Toronto would go on to win 111-93.

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Gary Harris throws down monster jam, and his mom misses it (GIFs)

Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris saw his first action of the season in Friday night’s blowout win over Indiana and scored 13 points, highlighted by a monster one-handed slam dunk in the fourth quarter. Harris’ mom, WNBA great Joy Holmes-Harris, was in the crowd. What did she have to say about it? Well, she was stunned…because she missed Gary’s dunk.Fortunately for Joy, her son’s dunk makes for a fantastic highlight so she should be able to find it everywhere today, including our GIF that lets you can watch Gary slam it home over and over again:Video via NBA.
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