There's really no excuse not to have a great night against the Knicks this season — Rajon Rondo pulled a 10-10-24 triple-double against Mike D'Antoni's defense, and Kevin Love went off for 31 points and 31 rebounds on the Knicks — but Blake Griffin's exhibition last night may be the season's most impressive outing against New York.
At least, it was the most thunderous.
"Oh, me, oh, my! What a play!" seems almost like underselling that monstrous slam over Timofey Mozgov. But that was just one of Griffin's fantastic dunks.
He also dunked with authority on Danilo Gallinari after pulling a spin move on a fast break.
And then there was this sick putback slam over Mozgov.
It was stunning and exhilarating to watch live, and it must be noted that Griffin's dunks were in the service of an incredible night as a whole. Griffin scored 44 points, a new Clippers rookie record, had 15 rebounds, and dished seven assists, and kept up the fight even as the Knicks built a fourth-quarter lead: with the game out of reach in the last minute, he snared a rebound and tried to go up and under for a reverse dunk on three Knicks. And he nearly got it.
Griffin still has some improvement to do as an NBA player — his defense or lack thereof helped Amar'e Stoudemire score 39 points in the Knicks' 124-115 win — but in one night, he clearly won Stoudemire's respect.