Blake Griffin Dunks Over A Car, Wins 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest (Highlight Videos)
In case you haven’t heard yet, Blake Griffin dunked over a car at the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, and the TNT camera crew almost missed it.
The Clippers’ high-flying rookie got off to a hot start with an incredible 360° two-handed tomahawk slam, but he stumbled on his second dunk, missing several times before throwing down a last second desperation dunk. He would claw his way out of the first round in a rather undeserving fashion, but he made up for it with his final two dunks. The first had Griffin bury his arm through the rim and hang, à la Vince Carter in 2000.
As for the clincher, Blake Griffin would bring out the big guns for that.
It started when the 2011 Kia Optima cruised out onto the court. It was followed by members of the Crenshaw Select Choir, who sang “I Believe I Can Fly.” And after all that build-up, it was Griffin’s turn to fly, as he leaped over the front hood of the car and threw down a Baron Davis threw-the-sunroof alley-oop with two hands. That would earn him the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest Championship over the Washington Wizards’ JaVale McGee.
There were plenty of great dunks during this year’s competition. Here is a look at five of them, beginning with Blake Griffin’s over-the-car slam.
Blake Griffin’s 360° dunk. It’s too bad he couldn’t finish it the first time.
DeMar DeRozen’s “Showstopper” dunk earned him a 50, but it wasn’t enough to put him into the final.
JaVale McGee dunked on two nets at once. It only took him about ten chances.
The most underrated dunk of the night came from Serge Ibaka, who took off from beyond the free throw line.