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Grizzlies’ James Johnson passes off the backboard to himself, finishes with a slam (VIDEO)

Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 29: James Johnson #3 of the Memphis Grizzlies in a game against the Sacramento Kings on January 29, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James tried one of these in a game I attended earlier this season, but wasn’t able to complete the finish. When he was asked about why he did it, he claimed it was the only play available at the time.

Seeing this one from the Grizzlies’ James Johnson, LeBron’s explanation makes more sense.

Johnson faked DeAndre Jordan and got past him on the pivot, but really had nowhere to go. Without a defender in front of him, he made what turned out to be a play that was both smart and spectacular, tossing it off the backboard to himself and then finishing with the highlight slam dunk.