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Grizzlies’ James Johnson passes off the backboard to himself, finishes with a slam (VIDEO)

Feb 21, 2014, 9:47 PM EDT

LeBron James tried one of these in a game I attended earlier this season, but wasn’t able to complete the finish. When he was asked about why he did it, he claimed it was the only play available at the time.

Seeing this one from the Grizzlies’ James Johnson, LeBron’s explanation makes more sense.

Johnson faked DeAndre Jordan and got past him on the pivot, but really had nowhere to go. Without a defender in front of him, he made what turned out to be a play that was both smart and spectacular, tossing it off the backboard to himself and then finishing with the highlight slam dunk.

  1. savvybynature - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    “I thought they said this kid came from the d-league, he’s from another planet! Unbelievable!”

    That’s a great call there. #SpursFan #Respect

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    One of the top 5 dunks of the year IMO. I was watching this game when it happened and I actually jumped out of my seat.

    To be a D-League call up and have the presence of mind and BALLS to do this is just amazing.

  3. timmons94 - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Wow. Just saw on espn. Top play. That was amazing

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