By Ben Golliver
Blazers guard Damian Lillard, the early favorite for Rookie of the Year, is blessed with what they call "sneaky hops." Lillard doesn't have the explosiveness of a Russell Westbrook or the freakish athleticism of an Eric Bledsoe, but he steadily finds a way to create his share of highlights around the rim.
With a little more than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of a 98-95 loss to the Wizards, Lillard turned the corner on John Wall and directly attacked the paint, rising past Brazilian big man Nene to finish a one-hand stuff. This wasn't quite a full-on poster, but the image of the 6-foot-3 Lillard stuffing on the 6-foot-11 Nene was still impressive.
The dunk cut Washington's lead to one, 91-90, and came at the end of a 12-point fourth quarter for Lillard, who finished with 18 points and five assists. Wizards guard Jordan Crawford delivered a step-back, buzzer-beating three-pointer to give Washington its ninth win of the season.
The Wizards improved to 9-30; the Blazers dropped to 20-21.
Lillard's dunk was great but it doesn't quite make the "Dunk of the Year" conversation, which includes: Kevin Durant over Marcin Gortat, Gerald Henderson over Dwight Howard, Byron Mullens over LaMarcus Aldridge, Jeff Green over Al Jefferson and Harrison Barnes over Nikola Pekovic.Video via YouTube user NBA