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Cleanthony Early threw down best dunk of NCAA Tournament (GIF)

Cleanthony-Early-dunkThose of you who watched the Wichita State-Kentucky game on Sunday witnessed the best game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament thus far. No. 8 seed Kentucky barely advanced to the Sweet 16 with an upset win over the Shockers in a game that also featured some of the best dunks of the tournament. Cleanthony Early owns the top spot.

Early, a Wichita State senior forward, threw down a one-handed slam over Kentucky’s Willie Cauley Stein late in the first half. He was fouled on the play but somehow finished the dunk, opening up a nine-point lead for Wichita State after completing the three-point play. Here’s another angle:

As we know, the lead would not hold. Wichita State got shafted with their incredibly difficult draw in the Midwest region. Having to play a talented team like Kentucky in the round of 32 after going undefeated in the regular season seems bogus. Plays like Early’s dunk remind us how much of a shame it is that the Shockers were sent home early.

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Deonte Burton posterized Ryan Watkins with dunk of the year (Video)

Nevada guard Deonte Burton threw down a dunk on Wednesday that everyone will still be talking about this summer. The 6-foot-1 senior showed off incredible strength and leaping ability when he went right at Boise State’s Ryan Watkins, a 6-foot-9 forward, and posterized the crap out of him.

Watkins tried to challenge the shot but ended up fouling Burton, who basically went through him and finished with a tomahawk jam. Burton looked like Blake Griffin out there.

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Burton, who is averaging close to 20 points per game, doesn’t get many opportunities to showcase his talents while playing for a school like Nevada. That monster slam will certainly catch the eye of an NBA scout or two.

High school team wins on amazing inbound alley-oop (Video)

high-school-alley-oopThe inbound alley-oop is an incredibly challenging play to execute. When you attempt it at the high school level from half-court with two seconds remaining in a tie game, it’s almost impossible. SouthLake Christian Academy in North Carolina found a way.

With the score tied 59-59, senior center Andrew Howard got behind the defense and threw down an awesome one-handed dunk to give SLCA a 61-59 win over Hickory Grove. The play was perfectly executed and made its way onto SportsCenter.

We are no strangers to inbound alley-oops, but most of the time they happen when the pass comes from the baseline. These high schoolers can obviously ball.

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Blake Griffin dunks on Kris Humphries (Video)

Blake Griffin dunks are already crowd pleasers, but it’s even better when it’s over Kris Humphries.

In the third quarter of Wednesday’s Los Angeles Clippers-Boston Celtics game, Griffin threw down one of his trademark huge dunks on Humphries. It was all power.

Griffin got the ball at the elbow, took one step, and then skied high to throw down on the helpless Hump.

It’s even more enjoyable on loop in GIF form:

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LeBron James dunked on Paul Millsap nasty style and then stared him down (Video)

For the second straight game, LeBron James threw down a posterizing dunk to remind everyone he’s one of the best dunkers in the NBA.

Three days after ruining Ben McLemore with a huge dunk, James did the same to Paul Millsap.

Millsap, like McLemore, tried to do the respectable thing and take a charge, but James steamrolled him. Then, for good measure, James stared down Millsap to ensure his dominance was recognized.

LeBron finished the game 16-of-28 for 38 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in a 121-119 overtime win.

Look at how high he got on the dunk:

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He got so much air Millsap’s head was at his thigh. Goodness.

Seventh Woods posts jaw-dropping dunk (Video)

Seventh Woods dunkSeventh Woods is only a high school sophomore, but he’s already receiving national attention for his incredible ability.

The 15-year-old even made SportsCenter’s Top 10 on Friday night for this jaw-dropping dunk he posted at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C. on Friday. Would you look at all that power and explosiveness? 15-year-olds shouldn’t be able to do that!

According to his MaxPreps profile, Woods entered Friday’s game averaging 18.6 points per game on 51 percent shooting.

This mix tape of Seventh Woods in his freshman season went viral earlier this year. It has over 9 million views:

LeBron James dunks on Ben McLemore, just destroys him (Video)

Ben McLemore has played 24 career NBA games, but it wasn’t until his 25th that the rookie truly had his “welcome to the league” moment.

During the first quarter of Friday’s Miami Heat-Sacramento Kings game, LeBron James just destroyed McLemore with a vicious dunk. The dude almost got Mozgov’d.

Let’s give McLemore credit for trying to take the charge in the situation. He’s a brave soul. But he will also go down in the long chapter of victims of LeBron’s huge slams.

By the way, that was a heck of a job by the Kings with their defensive switch after the high pick.

This photo of the dunk is outstanding:

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