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Video: Gerald Henderson dunks spectacularly on Dwight Howard

Dec 19, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

Damn. That dunk had the Staples Center crowd buzzing when it was replayed — and he just did that over their new hero.

Gerald Henderson cut down the lane and showed no fear going up over Dwight Howard with authority and dunking on the Lakers big man. Granted, Howard didn’t jump to defend it, but still, take a look at that. Also, lots of credit here to Bismack Biyombo for getting the offensive rebound and then making the good pass to Henderson.

I know what’s going to happen here — some of you will watch this and try to tell me it’s not a dunk because Henderson didn’t touch the rim. I think you’re wrong. To me a dunk is any shot where the player is making a downward trajectory with their arm above the rim — not a wrist flick like a hook shot but where the arm brings the ball down into the rim. Blake Griffin did a couple of these, and those were dunks, too. At least on my blog.

  1. abchome - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Dunk or not, it’s awesome!

    • saint1997 - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      it’s so awesome someone on the Lakers bench jumps up out of shock before being pulled back down by his teammates haha

  2. rodyaugu - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    I’m sure he would gave up that dunk for the easy game winner he missed

  3. circuscivics - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM


  4. spthegr8 - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Chill Kurt!!!! Dwight didn’t even jump or attempt too block it. I agree with you that, it’s still a dunk, even if you don’t touch the rim. But it needs too be contested too be considered ” dunking spectactulary on somebody”. Just Saying!!!!!

  5. lakerchuy - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    FIRST of all, it would have been a foul for ANYBODY to attempt to block it because he jumped too quick after grabbing the ball. SECOND, it WASN”T a dunk! if your fingers dont touch the rim, it’s not a dunk. otherwise you can start calling really short hook shots or layups that dont touch the backboard dunks. THIRD, it was en exciting play, BUUUUT……not a dunk.

  6. raidmagic - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    SHouldn’t that headline be

    “Gerald Henderson dunk spectacularly NEAR Dwight Howard”?

    As a Magic fan I dislike the guy as much as anyone for what he did to Orlando but doesn’t there need to be an
    attempt at defensive to be dunked on?

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