Posted March 04, 2013

Video: Lakers’ Kobe Bryant dunks on Hawks’ Josh Smith

Atlanta Hawks, Ben Golliver, Josh Smith, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

By Ben Golliver

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant added another highlight to his storied career when he dunked over Hawks forward Josh Smith during the fourth quarter of L.A.’s 99-98 win at the Staples Center on Sunday night.

With a little more than two minutes remaining and the Hawks leading 94-93, Bryant drove past Smith to the right, lifting off two feet to throw down a cruising right-handed dunk as Smith attempted to block his shot.

Bryant finished with a game-high 34 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter and the game-winning bucket with nine seconds left, to help the Lakers (30-30) get back to .500 for the first time since Dec. 28. The Lakers are 2½ games behind Houston and Utah for the last two playoff spots in the Western Conference.

This dunk marks Bryant’s second entry into the “Dunk of the Year” conversation, which also includes: Bryant over Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist over Greg Monroe; DeMar DeRozan over Timofey Mozgov; Nick Young over Larry Sanders; 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.

Al Horford led the Hawks with 24 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Atlanta fell to 33-25 with the loss.

Video via YouTube user CaCHooKaManTV | Hat tip: @InsideHoops

12 comments
PaulXavierLandig
PaulXavierLandig

Simple dunk!!! nothing special. i see dat dunk 5 times in Miami heats game every night

humburger
humburger

Nice dunk in traffic, but there almost zero contact. What was the homer announcer talking about it could have been and And 1?

carjax1202
carjax1202

Watch the video again Faker fans....Kobe did not dunk over anyone on this dunk...Nice dunk...but not that great.  Smith was behind him trying for a block.

Mr. J
Mr. J

He did not dunk on him he dunked around him good but not great!!

iherrera3000
iherrera3000

 @humburger Lower body contact counts specially when you swing your arm through the player

Deathiltis
Deathiltis

 @carjax1202 I've watched it enough to know that was a killer dunk. Nobody gives a **** if he dun ked over someone or not, he's done that plenty of times in his 17 year career.

JamieBreslow
JamieBreslow

 @carjax1202 I love Boston trolls. So pathetic, yet they think they are great sports fans. Keep it up!

JamieBreslow
JamieBreslow

Wrong. He did dunk on him...Smith was right there in the air trying to stop it. Kobe didn't dunk over him, but it's still a great dunk, especially when you consider all the implications of it.

 

MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK1
MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK1

Kobe went above and through Josh Smith, not around him... Kobe's "Attack Dunk" made one of the best shot blockers in the league, look very average; not very easy to do... GREAT DUNK!