Posted November 01, 2013

Video: Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin connect on two alley-oops in 17 seconds

Ben Golliver, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

It took less than 20 seconds Thursday for the Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to double the Spurs’ entire 2012-13 season’s worth of alley-oop output.

Deadspin noted earlier this month that San Antonio managed to complete just one lob for a dunk all of last season; the Clippers, who led the league in alley-oops, were back on the Lob City grind during their 126-115 victory over the Warriors. Paul hit Griffin on back-to-back alley-oops midway through the third quarter as L.A. broke open the game.

With 5:08 remaining in the third, Griffin deflected a Stephen Curry pass for a steal, pushed to Paul and then received the ball back for a two-handed power finish. A nice highlight, but fairly common by the Clippers’ high standards.

On the Warriors’ next possession, just seconds later, Curry lost the ball on the perimeter as he attempted to use a high screen, and Paul chased the ball down near midcourt. Seizing the opportunity, Griffin took off into the open court, and Paul lofted a long-distance pass from roughly half court. Griffin was well outside the three-point line when Paul released the pass, but he tracked it over his shoulder like a football receiver, catching the alley-oop in full stride, before finishing again with two hands in one motion. The timing just makes you shake your head.

Officially, the play-by-play data recorded the two alley-oops taking place in just 17 seconds.

Paul finished with a game-high 42 points (on 12-for-20 shooting), 15 assists and six steals in 37 minutes. Griffin added 23 points (on 9-for-12 shooting) and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes.

Curry led the Warriors with 38 points (on 14-for-23 shooting) and nine assists in 38 minutes, but he committed 11 turnovers.

Video via YouTube user firstandskol | Hat tip: @CJZero