The Los Angeles Clippers disavowed their "Lob City" moniker only a few months after coining it, but the fact is that this team completes a lot of alley-oops. With several big-play guards and athletic big men, they're built for it. The Clippers are a good team for many reasons, but it's also not terribly surprising that they get singled out for this one.
Yet, there are alley-oops, and then there's whatever Clippers Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin teamed up for on Wednesday night in a 117-101 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center.
With approximately 6:20 left in the fourth quarter and the Clippers well in control, Crawford and Griffin found themselves all alone on a fast break after a turnover by Bucks guard Monta Ellis. Instead of going with the basic basket, Crawford took the opportunity to give the home crowd a treat, putting the ball through his legs before throwing an over-the-shoulder pass to the trailing Griffin. And, because he's one of the most electric dunkers in the sport, Griffin decided to opt for a windmill finish instead of a no-frills dunk.
Even with no defense challenging them, the skill and talent required to complete this play is phenomenal. It's also potentially the fanciest alley-oop possible, complete with two embellishments from the passer and a dunk-contest finish for good measure. Lob City became a den of decadence.
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