NBA Playoffs: James Harden and Gerald Green Get Nasty

By Michael Ma

Apr 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Gerald Green (25) dunks against Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) during game two of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Atlanta 113-98. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

In Wednesday night’s game 2 games, both James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Gerald Green of the Indiana Pacers threw down vicious dunks each.  Harden’s tomahawk slam came in the third quarter with the score tied at 61.  Harden got the ball from Chandler Parsons on the right wing and was isolated against Thabo Sefolosha, blowing by him and throwing it down as Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins moved out the way.  Unfortunately, TNT broadcasted the play overhead, so this is the only angle that we can watch from:

Green’s dunk came in the second quarter, with the Pacers leading the Atlanta Hawks 43-35.  Green got the ball on the right wing, blew by Jeff Teague, elevated, and slammed it over Josh Smith:

Which dunk was nastier?