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Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Blake Griffin’s Dunk of the Year turns Kendrick Perkins into Timofey Mozgov (video)


Blake Griffin dunks. Yes, he does. (Chris Carlson / AP)
It’s being called the Dunk of the Year by no less than LeBron James, who threw down his own contender on Monday night.

This one comes courtesy of Blake Griffin, who is compiling quite the little career highlight film. In the third quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 112-110 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Griffin — there’s no other way to say this — Mozgoved Kendrick Perkins.

Perhaps this will replace Tebowing...which isn’t a good thing for Timofey Mozgov, who, as a member of the New York Knicks, was the previous victim of Griffin’s most-hightlight-worthy dunk.

“Almost a Mozgov,” Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler said. “It’s better than a Mozgov!” his broadcast partner, Michael Smith, contended. ”I didn’t think it was possible to top him.”

The dunk on Perkins wasn’t the full Mozgov, Griffin said, because his “fingers hit the rim.” (Watch them here and compare.) DeAndre Jordan was “shocked” and he plays on Griffin’s team. “I didn’t know what to do, so I just grabbed him. I hit him kind of hard. I’m going to go home and watch it again. It’s probably going to be the screensaver on my phone.”

It set Twitter on fire, that’s for sure.

Dunk of the Year!! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!! Wow!! I guess I'm #2 now. Move over #6Tue Jan 31 05:06:33 via Echofon

The dunk rocked Kevin Durant’s world. He wasn’t terribly interested in checking out the highlight. “No, I don’t care about that,” he said.

Yea ima sore loserTue Jan 31 09:36:17 via Echofon

Yo, crazy crazy dunk by the dude Blake Griffin..Tue Jan 31 06:03:44 via web

And invaded Larry Fitzgerald’s football world:

Blake Griffin just made one of the top dunks of the season. Maybe even his career! #BeastTue Jan 31 05:06:18 via UberSocial for BlackBerry

Just how sickly good was Griffin’s dunk? Is it his best (no fair including the Kia dunk — that wasn’t against competition)? And ... any chance his dunks can make people forget this Bulls player, who was pretty good with the highlight dunks himself?

The Post Sports Live crew also debated Griffin’s dunk.

More from Washington Post Sports:

Vote: Where does Griffin’s dunk rank among the all-time best?

Tracee Hamilton: Griffin dunk is the brightest of highlights

Clippers beat NBA-leading Thunder 112-100 behind Paul, Griffin

Early Lead: Clippers-Lakers rivalry heats up in L.A.

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