Video: Suns' Gerald Green finishes double-clutch dunk over Nets' Mason Plumlee
Achieving the spectacular is a regular occurrence for Green -- who boasts a ridiculous vertical leap and plenty of Slam Dunk Contest experience -- but this was special even by his high standards.
With a little more than five minutes remaining in the second quarter and Brooklyn leading 44-36, Green took off on a two-on-two fast break. Using a burst of speed to get a half-step on Plumlee as he drove down the left wing, Green angled himself toward the hoop so that he could take off from just outside the protected circle with a chance to reach the rim. The 6-foot-10 Plumlee challenged the shot with his right hand, but the 6-foot-8 Green was able to evade the defensive effort by bringing the ball down near his left shoulder before uncorking a two-handed finish.
There aren't many NBA players athletically qualified to attempt such a play at full speed, and there are even fewer who could make such a strong, smooth and well-timed finish look so routine.
Green finished with 17 points (on 6-for-11 shooting) and two steals for Phoenix. Markieff Morris tallied a team-high 18 points (on 8-for-14 shooting) and three rebounds in the loss.
Deron Williams went off for a game-high 28 points (on 11-for-13 shooting), four assists, three rebounds and three steals for Brooklyn. Joe Johnson added 19 points (on 7-for-11 shooting), five rebounds and five assists in the victory.The Nets improved to 34-31 with the win. The Suns dropped to 38-29 with the loss.