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Video: Cam Johnson has huge dunk on PJ Tucker

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Cam Johnson delivered a huge dunk on PJ Tucker during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.

Johnson was driving with the ball and took off from the paint to try a dunk during the third quarter of his Phoenix Suns’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Tucker slid over to try and take a charge, but he got over too late.

Johnson dunked all over him:

Tucker couldn’t believe he was called for a foul, which led to this great face:

The Bucks challenged the foul call. The play was reviewed and Tucker was still called for a foul. Not only did the dunk count, but Johnson also made his free throw.

Kawhi Leonard goes viral for incredible poster dunk on Derrick Favors

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Kawhi Leonard went viral on Monday night for his incredible poster dunk on Derrick Favors.

Leonard was looking to help his Los Angeles Clippers even their Western Conference semifinals series against the Utah Jazz at 2. Late in the second quarter of Game 4, Leonard drove to the basket, jammed on Favors, and gave him a stare for good measure.

That was powerful.

The Clippers also shared a great photo of the dunk on Twitter:

Video: Russell Westbrook shows he still has it with monster dunk

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Russell Westbrook may be 32, but he still has not lost his bounce.

Westbrook on Tuesday posted his third straight triple-double, though his Wizards lost to the Hornets 114-104. Despite the loss, Westbrook managed the highlight of the game with a massive dunk on Charlotte center Bismack Biyombo. The dunk instantly went viral:

Biyombo probably didn’t mind being on the bad end of a highlight since his team got the win. He and Westbrook appeared to talk about the dunk after the game.

Westbrook’s monster dunk, which looked similar to the athleticism he showed in his first few years in the NBA, comes a day after he had the NBA’s first ever 35-point, 20-assist triple-double.

Westbrook is averaging a triple-double for the fourth time in his career. Washington was ravaged earlier this season by COVID, but they have played more respectable ball over the past six weeks since getting more of their roster back. As long as Westbrook is there, we know they won’t give up.

Kevin Love jokes on Twitter about Ja Morant nearly dunking all over him

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Kevin Love could only crack a joke and tip his cap after being humiliated by Ja Morant on Friday night.

Morant nearly went Vince Carter on Love with a huge dunk attempt in Friday night’s Memphis Grizzlies-Cleveland Cavaliers game. Morant raised up and just about jumped over Love’s entire body while going for the dunk. He did miss it though.

Few could even care that Morant missed the dunk. What mattered is the aggression and athleticism he showed on the play, and the simple willingness to challenge himself in that manner.

The Cavs won 114-107, while Morant had 8 points and 11 assists. Though his team lost, many would argue that Morant was the big winner — at least on social media.

Watch: LeBron James dunks on Nemanja Bjelica, stares him down

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17 seasons in the league and LeBron James is still throwing down huge dunks like he has the bounce of a 21-year-old.

James dunked on Sacramento’s Nemanja Bjelica during the second quarter of Friday’s Los Angeles Lakers-Sacramento Kings game, and the thunderous throwdown went viral:

James has looked great so far this season. His scoring is down to 23.9 points per game — the lowest mark since his rookie year — but he’s decided to lead the league in assists instead with 11.1 — a career-high mark by far. And he reminded everyone he can still dunk when he wants to.

Joel Embiid dunked and shimmied on John Collins so hard

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Joel Embiid dunked on John Collins so hard Monday night and then punctuated things with a shimmy.

Take a look at this thunderous jam from Embiid in the third quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers’ game in Atlanta.

Collins shouldn’t let the play bother him. Anyone who tries to protect the rim will end up on a poster sooner than later. As for Embiid, when you throw down that hard, shimmying should almost be a requirement.

Embiid may not be doing as much talking on social media these days, but plays like that say everything he needs to.

Watch: Kawhi Leonard got up so high for his dunk on Giannis

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Kawhi Leonard threw down a monster dunk in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night in Toronto and did so on Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kyle Lowry got a steal with just under seven minutes to go in the game and charged down court. He decided to stop in the paint and then give the ball to Leonard, who was his trailer. Kawhi then jammed on Giannis:

The huge jam had everyone in Scotiabank Arena fired up and put the Raptors up 87-79 on the Milwaukee Bucks. Keep in mind that Toronto was rallying back from being down by 15 points in the third quarter.

Toronto trailed for much of the game as they looked to close out the series and advance to their first ever NBA Finals. Coming back to take the lead in the fourth quarter gave them momentum, and the big dunk helped get the crowd even more into it.

Jaylen Brown throws down huge dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo again

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Jaylen Brown continues to be Giannis Antetokounmpo’s worst nightmare.

Brown dunked hard on the Milwaukee Bucks during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday. He got Antetokounmpo too as the Greek Freak raised up to try and block him.

This was more of the same from Brown, who threw down a big dunk on Giannis during Game 1 of the series, which the Boston Celtics won in a blowout. Brown dunked on Giannis that time by cutting to the basket and getting a feed. This time, he just went directly to the hoop himself and got the big bucket.

The former No. 3 overall pick is having a nice postseason for the Celtics, averaging 13.2 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting. It’s easy to boost the percentage when you’re just dunking on everyone.

Watch: Jaylen Brown dunks on Giannis Antetokounmpo

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No player in the NBA is better than Giannis Antetokounmpo at making opponents look bad at the rim, but the Milwaukee Bucks star was given a taste of his own medicine during Game 1 against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

With the Celtics looking to build upon a big lead early in the fourth quarter, Brown cut to the basket and was on the receiving end of a beautiful pass from Gordon Hayward. The only player with a chance to stop Brown from getting to the rim was Giannis, but Brown finished the dunk anyway. He then stared down The Greek Freak.

Antetokounmpo struggled from the jump against Boston, with Celtics big man Al Horford playing incredible defense against him. If that continues for the remainder of the series, it won’t matter how many of his patented acrobatic dunks Giannis can throw down. The Bucks need him at his best.

Watch: Zion Williamson throws down alley-oop of the tournament

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Zion Williamson gave us the highlight of the NCAA Tournament, no surprise.

Williamson threw down a monster alley-oop in the second half of Duke’s Sweet 16 game against Virginia Tech to make it 58-52:

The alley-oop was reminiscent of one thrown down by former Duke star Grant Hill in 1991:

The best part is Hill was calling the game for CBS.

Williamson also had an awesome block earlier in the game.