J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets dunked on Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Despite being a huge pain in the neck for Denver coach George Karl, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith has always been able to get up, but it's difficult to remember a time he dunked as viciously on someone as he did on Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs.
With the first quarter drawing to a close, Smith dribbles the ball up court, shadowed by Spurs wing Ime Udoka. Using a lightning quick but simple right-to-left crossover, Smith penetrates the heart of San Antonio's defense, meeting no resistance. He takes off from outside the protective circle, powering to the rim with both hands. Neal leaves the weakside corner to slide over under Smith, but he rotates late, and Smith propels himself up and over Neal to finish powerfully with both hands. Smith then did a chin-up on the rim for good measure, as the Pepsi Center crowd in Denver went absolutely ballistic. Smith completed the play with just .6 of a second left on the clock and was awarded a free throw for his efforts.
Here's the video.
Perhaps the funniest moment of the sequence occurs when the camera cuts to Smith's teammate, Carmelo Anthony, who is watching from Denver's bench. Anthony barely seems fazed, and nods almost as if he is bored.
With this effort, Smith likely put down the best non-Blake Griffin dunk of the year. I'd say this dunk belongs in the same discussion as Griffin's best.
Here's a timelapse photo look at the dunk.