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Three Stars of the Night: DeAndre’s dunk above all else

Mar 11, 2013, 3:13 AM EDT

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There are great all-around performances, and then there are singular plays which rise above all else to define a day of NBA basketball. DeAndre Jordan‘s dunk over Brandon Knight falls into the latter category, and (spoiler alert) it earns him our top spot in the nightly rankings.

Third Star: Dwight Howard (16 points, 21 rebounds, 4 blocked shots in win over Bulls)

Dwight is getting healthier with each passing game, and as a result, he’s looking more and more like the defensive monster he’s proved to be in previous seasons. Howard was active defensively and dominated the glass, while helping the Lakers beat the Bulls and move into the playoff picture officially for the first time all season.

Second Star: Mario Chalmers (26 points on 9 shots, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals)

The Heat won their 18th straight game on Sunday against the Pacers, and anytime the leading scorer in Miami isn’t named LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, you know they turned in a special performance. 26 points on nine shots is about as efficient as it gets, and the fact that guys other than James, Wade, and Chris Bosh can step up like this for the Heat is what makes them heavy favorites to repeat as champions.

First Star: DeAndre Jordan (Soul-crushing dunk that broke the Internet)

DeAndre Jordan finished with 13 points on 5-5 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds and two blocked shots in the Clippers’ 32-point win over the Pistons. But when this happens, not much else matters.

  1. hehateme2 - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    the HEAT is the story here…. destroyed the pacers and walking through the league

  2. acdc363 - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    That dunk was insane!

    • jthammerstix - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      the look he gives after the dunk is priceless

    • urodaddy07 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Unreal dunk!!!!

  3. fanofevilempire - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    B.Knight is a brave man, he could have been hurt.

    was he climbing a ladder…………..

    • Distinguished Male - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Deandre is how much bigger than Knight? And yet, he elevates for like another foot after Knight reaches the height of his jump. One of the best in game dunks you’ll ever see

  4. mat9844 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Oh me Oh my! There’s DJ ~~learning how to fly!!

  5. hillzmickelzon - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Deandre jordan dunk reminded me of when the great white shark jumps out of the water and grab a unsuspecting seal on shark week it was that violent.. And unfortunately for Brandon knight he is the seal and deandre jordan is the greatwhite shark.

  6. tarr123 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Isn’t Brandon Knight a guard. #OVERRATED

  7. tarr123 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Brandon Knight a guard basically got in the way of a 7ft dude and the Internet broke there must be a lot of un-athletic people trolling the interwebs nowadays.

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