Damian Lillard series-ending buzzer beater vs. Rockets

#ColdBlooded.

This shot, was just so unbelievably sweet. As cold as it gets.

And on top of that, as Bill Simmons rattled off, off the top of his head on SportsCenter, this is a rare series-ending walk-off buzzer beater. MJ in ’89 vs. the Cavs. Ralph Sampson vs. the Lakers in ’86. (And one he didn’t mention on air… John Stockton versus… wait for it… the Rockets in ’97). Are there any more? Pretty good company.

Relive the shot of Lillard‘s career and some photos of the fallout below.

#ColdBlooded
#ColdBlooded
Swag.
Swag.
The ball boy's new profile pic.
The ball boy’s new profile pic.
Dame Lillard grabs the mic after the win.
Dame Lillard grabs the mic after the win.
DAM3 LILLARD.

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John Wall & Damian Lillard dunks animated

Patrick Truby has become quite the viral illustrator in the past month. His first animated drawings of Dunk of the Year candidates in Paul George’s Reverse 360 and Terrence Ross’ posterization of Kenneth Faried swept the interwebs, including here on Gowhere. Now, he’s got two new animations from this weekend’s Dunk ContestJohn Wall‘s amazing reverse over the Wizards mascot and Damian Lillard‘s off the bounce between the legs (below).

But that’s not all, he designed this animations for the respective big boys tagged in the photo and it came with an interesting interview on NBA.com about how Truby makes these and his fascination with dunks.

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BONUS: Here’s another one I just peeped of Vintage Nique.

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Best of 2014 Slam Dunk

Last night, the Sprite Slam Dunk had quite the polarizing, mixed reviews. The format only allowed for 1 dunk each in the Battle Round as the East swept for a team victory. It was John Wall‘s closing dunk that ended the contest and won him Dunker of the Night.

For me, I agree with much of the sentiment of the dunk contest falling flat. The format needs to be tweaked and I think there needs to be one more round of the winning team or the top 3 dunkers to crown a true individual winner. Fortunately, the dunks themselves were quality. In fact, all the ones I especially liked were captured by NBA’s Phantom Cam above. And wow, I have an even greater appreciation for the dunks now. Beautiful.

Here are some more videos below of some of the individual dunks and some of the great images of Drake.

One last note: All-Star Saturday could have also improved with about 3-5 more Marco Belinelli interviews.

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NBA Dunk Contest field announced

I’m really excited for the field for this year’s Dunk Contest. Sources reveal to ESPN that we’ll be seeing…

Paul George

John Wall

Damian Lillard

Harrison Barnes

Ben McLemore

and defending champ, Terrence Ross

Isn’t it refreshing that we not only have one all-star in the dunk contest, but we have three?!

And how is Paul George going to top his Reverse 360 Windmill? Will Terrence Ross call Kenneth Faried? There’s no weak link here, but George and Ross have to be the favorites, yeah? I see Paul George winning the dunk contest, and together with Wall and Lillard bringing it back to the all-stars to compete as well, which is of most importance right?

Here’s my favorite dunk from each contestant:

Paul George

John Wall

Damian Lillard

Harrison Barnes

Ben McLemore

Terrence Ross