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Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Blake Griffin makes Pau Gasol a prop in his latest highlights (Video)


Posterized. (Mark J. Terrill - AP)
Everyone knows Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin is a spectacular finisher at the rim.

But many of Griffin’s most emphatic dunks have victimized an opposing big man.

Timofey Mozgov, Kendrick Perkins and many others can attest.

And on Wednesday night at Staples Center, Griffin added Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol to that growing list — twice.

Barely 90 seconds into the first quarter, Griffin rose high above Gasol for a thunderous, two-handed put-back slam.

Notice how Griffin grabs the ball and walks over the fallen Gasol on the baseline.

And then there was this one midway through the third quarter, which happened to include a left elbow to Gasol’s face and a snickering Andrew Bynum in the background.

Of course Gasol and the Lakers got the last laugh in a 113-108 win, thanks to 36 points from the injured Bynum and a pair of clutch Kobe Bryant jumpers in the final minutes. The win increased the Lakers’ lead over the Clippers for the third spot in the Western Conference playoff standings.

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