No phone booth, no cape, no theatrics or set pieces. Just the shot clock winding down, a lightning step to get around one of the league's most gifted perimeter defenders in Andre Iguodala(notes), a hell-bent-for-leather drive to the lane and an insane display of athleticism to elevate and finish. (And, of course, a little bit of luck to keep that fastball from clashing with unkind iron and rattling out.) He might not be worth every penny of the five-year, $82 million contract he inked last offseason, but when he turns in plays like this, Rudy Gay's(notes) darn sure worth the price of admission.
Gay's righteous dunk (or non-dunk, or vicious layup, or whatever we decided things like this should be called after Dwight Howard(notes) went Kal-El in the '08 Slam Dunk Contest) cut the Philadelphia 76ers' lead over the Memphis Grizzlies to two late in the fourth quarter. He then hit a tough shot in traffic to put the Grizzlies up for good. Memphis scored 42 fourth-quarter points, doubling up the Sixers in the frame to erase a 16-point deficit and notch a 99-94 win that brings the Grizz within one victory of .500 for the season.
Gay finished with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Zach Randolph(notes) led Memphis with 22 points and 12 rebounds, posting his 13th consecutive double-double and his 33rd of the season. Jrue Holiday(notes) and Jodie Meeks(notes) each scored 16 for Philly, who lost despite hitting 13 of 20 attempts from downtown.
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