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Thunder notebook: Blake Griffin applauded, then becomes enemy

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, Published: February 22, 2011


After Saturday night's dunk contest at Staples Center, judge Brent Barry apologized to a Thunder official for not giving a high enough score for Ibaka's dunk that wound up being the longest in the history of the competition.

Each of the five judges — Barry, James Worthy, Dominique Wilkins, Clyde Drexler and Julius Erving — gave Ibaka a score of 9 on the dunk for a total score of 45.

Judges are asked to flash their scorecards immediately and do not have the luxury of seeing a replay. Barry said he did not realize Ibaka actually had taken off from the free-throw line, which no dunk competitor had ever done successfully.

By the time the judges saw Ibaka's foot on the line at lift-off, it was too late to change any scores.

Asked if he thought Ibaka got robbed, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, “You know what, I think that he did. He made it look easier that it was. That's not an easy thing to do, and he did it with ease. I thought he could have even gone back a foot. Maybe they would have given him 46 points.”


OKC plays at San Antonio tonight at 7. The Thunder will spend Wednesday night in San Antonio and fly to Orlando at 2:30 p.m. Thursday for Friday night's game against the Magic. The Thunder then returns home for Sunday's game at 1:30 p.m. against the Los Angeles Lakers, who will make their only regular-season visit to OKC. The Spurs (46-10) are on pace to win 67 games. They have three 60-win seasons in their history with an all-time high of 63 in 2005-06. This will be San Antonio's first home game since Jan. 29. Prior to the All-Star break, the Spurs were on the road for 11 straight nights and 17 of 19.


In the crowd were former OU quarterback Sam Bradford, OU tight end Jermaine Gresham, World Series hero Joe Carter and former governor Brad Henry.