By Ben Golliver
April 02, 2014

Heat forward LeBron James slashed through the paint to dunk over Bucks center Ekpe Udoh during Miami's 96-77 home victory on Wednesday night.

I suppose this is what happens when you pit one of the league's most unstoppable forces against one of the league's most hapless defenses.

With Miami leading 31-19 and less than a minute to play in the first quarter, James initiated a possession from the left side of the court. Using a right-to-left crossover and a screen to get past Khris Middleton near the three-point line, James wasted no time attacking a big hole in Milwaukee's defense. John Henson found himself too high on the play and Ramon Sessions was spaced out to the corner, leaving only Udoh to challenge James by rushing across the paint in an attempt to protect the basket area.

Udoh seemed to realize pretty quickly after jumping that he didn't have much of a chance at impacting James' drive, and his left-handed block attempt wound up being only a minor diversion as James reached back to throw down a right-handed hammer dunk. The back-to-back MVP's ability to adjust the angle of his body in mid-air to avoid the challenge before launching himself forwards to authoritatively complete the play is something special.

lebron-james-udoh LeBron James dunks over Ekpe Udoh. (NBA on YouTube)

James finished with a team-high 17 points (on 7-for-12 shooting), eight assists and four rebounds in the blowout victory. Chris Bosh added 15 points (on 7-for-13 shooting) and two assists for Miami.

Sessions tallied a game-high 19 points (on 6-for-12 shooting), six assists and three rebounds for Milwaukee. Jeff Adrien added 14 points (on 7-for-15 shooting) and seven rebounds in a losing effort.

Miami maintained the East's No. 1 seed with its fourth straight victory, improving its record to 52-22. Milwaukee dropped to 14-61 with its third consecutive defeat.

Video via YouTube user NBA

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