Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is arguably the best big-man dunker in NBA history. Every night he soars through the sky to smash one of Chris Paul's perfectly tossed lobs through the rim.
But during Saturday night's three-point loss against the Golden State Warriors, something odd happened when Jordan tried another one of his ferocious throw downs: The rim broke:
DeAndre Jordan broke the rim. 😳https://t.co/LpkcdKcwj2— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 21, 2016
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This was remarkable, and led to Stephen Curry getting fouled on a three-pointer at the other end because Paul was more worried about stopping the game and getting the rim fixed than guarding his man:
Only Chris Paul would tell the refs to stop the game because of the rim getting dislodged rather than play D.— Shervon Fakhimi (@ShervonFakhimi) February 21, 2016
Chris Paul tried to stop a Warriors possession by grabbing a ref and telling him the opposite rim was stuck.— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) February 21, 2016
Jordan has 160 dunks this season, which leads the NBA and is 40 more than Anthony Davis, who sits in second place. It's a humongous part of his game, and precisely why he currently leads the league in field goal percentage -- for the fourth year in a row. This wasn't as impressive as Shaquille O'Neal bringing down the entire backboard...
...but it remains a perfect example of Jordan's pure strength. He's really good.