The Los Angeles Clippers kicked-off their preseason in style Friday night with a 103-96 win over the Denver Nuggets. Everything you'd ever want to read about the game itself can be found here. Even with several new faces on board, one preseason game is enough for me to assert that Lob City remains alive and well. Let's take a look at a few nifty dunks from this one, shall we?
The first play comes late in the first quarter, when Jamal Crawford thwarts a Nuggets break by stripping the ball from Will Barton. Josh Smith retrieves the ball before finding Lance Stephenson near the arc on the other end. Lance has a pair of lob options here in Smith and DeAndre Jordan, but takes the safest route and finds D.J. for the easy finish. A wise choice, indeed:
Next up (surprise, surprise), we have another Jordan jam. Shortly before halftime, Chris Paul weaves through several Nuggets defenders before finding Jordan underneath for the easy, twirling alley-oop. As is often the case, Jordan makes the finish look far easier than it likely was (Vine via Zach Harper):
And, finally, we have an entry from Josh Smith. Smith had his ups-and-downs in his Clipper debut, though did finish with a bench-high 13 points and eight rebounds (let's not talk about the shooting percentage). With Denver putting on a bit of a surge late in the fourth, Smoove helped put the game to bed by introducing Nikola Jokic to the NBA in rude, thunderous fashion (Vine via Rob Perez):
It seems safe to say we're all looking forward to a season of glorious, glorious dunks, you guys.