Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has a "block of the year" candidate against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Posted by Ben Golliver.
It's difficult to call this the "Block of the Year" because just a few weeks ago Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee snatched a Wesley Matthews dunk attempt clean out of the air. Given the circumstances and the victim, however, what you're about to see is probably the silver medal winner.
During the fourth quarter of a Saturday night game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers, known high-flyer Blake Griffin attempted to put Thunder big man Serge Ibaka on a poster with a massive left-handed dunk attempt. Ibaka met Griffin at the apex, however, and the result was a stunning display of physicality and verticality, as Ibaka sent Griffin back cleanly, swatting the attempt with his right hand.
Here's the slow motion replay that you'll want to watch multiple times to see to believe.
That's about as Mutombo-esque as the modern NBA gets, and shortly after the play Ibaka shook his hand and gave a Mutombo finger wag.
Despite Ibaka's highlight heroics, the Clippers held on for a 98-92 upset. Griffin finished with a game-high 26 points. Ibaka finished with three blocks.