An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Ibaka with the top defensive play of the year
In a highlight dominated by rejections, who better to lead the way than the NBA's top shot-blocker, Serge Ibaka?
Ibaka, who led the league by averaging 3.65 blocks per game -- the highest single-season mark since Theo Ratliff averaged 3.74 blocks per game during the 2000-01 season -- had the top defensive play of the year, according to a countdown released by the NBA.
During a 96-90 loss to the Cavaliers on March 9, Ibaka turned away first a floater by Antawn Jamison, then stuffed Alonzo Gee on a dunk attempt on the same possession.
The two rejections were part of a six-block night for Ibaka.
Ibaka wasn't the only player in the countdown who made it by turning away two shots in one trip up the court. Gordon Hayward came in fourth on the countdown for his rejections of Keyon Dooling and Avery Bradley, both on dunk attempts, during a March 28 loss to the Celtics.
Other notable names to make the countdown were Jeremy Lin (10th), the only player who made the countdown on a play other than a block with his steal-and-dunk against the Mavericks, Avery Bradley, whose emphatic block on Dwyane Wade was seventh, and Blake Griffin and Kris Humphries, Nos. 5 and 6 for blocking each other on dunk attempts.