Posted December 20, 2012

Pacers’ Green gets head near rim during huge dunk vs. Jazz

Ben Golliver, Gerald Green, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

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By Ben Golliver

The world has known that Pacers guard Gerald Green could get way, way up ever since the “Cupcake Dunk” during the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest and we got another reminder back in October, when a picture leaked from a team practice that showed him jumping so high his entire head was above the rim.

In the fourth quarter of a blowout win over the Jazz on Wednesday, Green got a chance to unveil the hops during a game. With the Pacers leading 94-72 with a little more than four minutes remaining, Green drove hard past Alec Burks from the right wing. Utah’s bigs weren’t in position to contest the drive and Earl Watson could only slap at his arm as Green cocked back a right-hand stuff, getting his head near rim level.

The Pacers went on to win 104-84. Green had a game-high 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench. George Hill and Paul George each added 20 points for the Pacers. The Jazz were led by Derrick Favors, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Indiana improved to 14-12; Utah dropped to 14-13.

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