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The 8 Debate
MARK BECHTEL
April 01, 2013
Greatest NBA In-Game Dunks
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April 01, 2013

The 8 Debate

Greatest NBA In-Game Dunks

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A banner year for dunks—celebrated by just about everyone except Pistons guard Brandon Knight, who had the unfortunate duty of trying to stop a soaring, 6' 11" DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers and became a punch line for his troubles—got even better last week when LeBron James threw down over Celtics guard Jason Terry. As dazzling as those slams were, neither quite rises to the level of these.

8 Tom Chambers over Mark Jackson

Jan. 27, 1989

There's being posterized, then there's being bronzed. Knicks point guard Jackson served as both victim and springboard for Chambers's two-hander, a dunk so iconic that a statue of it was presented to the 6' 10" Chambers when he was inducted into the Suns' ring of honor.

7 Vince Carter over Alonzo Mourning

Nov. 8, 2005

Carter's masterpiece married style (a behind-the-back dribble) with power (throwing down on the Heat center, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year).

6 LeBron James over Kevin Garnett

May 12, 2008

The King's dunk in the Cavaliers' 2008 second-round series against Boston was summed up best by TNT's Kevin Harlan: "LeBron James, with no regard for human life!"

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