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Alley-oops are eye-catching because they occupy so much space and time. The lob pass goes up, the finisher readies himself to take off, and we get time to watch it all unfold as anticipation for the big finale builds.

This particular alley-oop, however, trades scope for intricacy. Watch Jamal Crawford—in the midst of his patented shake-and-bake move—go behind the back, throw a ball fake to freeze his defender, and then float a lob pass toward the rim in one fluid motion. And DeAndre Jordan, with no time to think and limited space to operate, still manages to go way up and finish the play with a thunderous flourish. Blink, and you might miss it.


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