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WATCH: Nets’ Blake Griffin throws down first alley-oop dunk in 4 years

Delfin Dioquino
WATCH: Nets’ Blake Griffin throws down first alley-oop dunk in 4 years

BOUNCE. Blake Griffin shows the Nets he is still capable of his high-flying exploits.

Photo by Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

New Nets forward Blake Griffin last converted an alley-oop dunk back when he still played for the Clippers

Blake Griffin still got hops.

Griffin threw down his first alley-oop dunk in 4 years as he helped the Brooklyn Nets nose out his former team Detroit Pistons for their ninth victory in the last 11 games.

Coming from the left baseline, Griffin converted the slam off a James Harden assist early in the final quarter before he stared down his former Pistons teammates on the bench.

“I still got it!” Griffin shouted twice.

According to NBA.com, his last alley-oop dunk came in March 2017, back when Griffin still played for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The six-time All-Star scored on 6 alley-oops during the 2018-19 season with the Pistons, but all were layups.

Griffin established himself as one of the most athletics players in the league during his first couple of seasons with the Clippers, even winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 2011.

Alley-oop dunks became a trademark for Griffin and the Clippers that the team earned the moniker “Lob City.”

But over the years, Griffin has shifted from an above-the-rim monster to a perimeter-heavy forward as he showcased his improved shooting, particularly during his time with the Pistons.

Injuries also played a part in the evolution of his game, with Griffin playing at least 60 games in the regular season only twice in the past 6 seasons.

According to Basketball Reference, Griffin buried 302 three-pointers during his 4 seasons with the Pistons, more than twice as many compared to the 144 triples he drained during his 8 seasons with the Clippers.

In fact, Griffin did not make a single dunk for more than a year prior to his trade to the Nets.

Griffin ended his dunking drought with a slam during his Nets debut against the Washington Wizards, which ended in a 113-106 win.

The 32-year-old is averaging 11.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists this season. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.