Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. destroyed Kevin Durant with what is being called the Dunk of the Year

  • Larry Nance Jr. momentarily stole the spotlight on "Kobe Bryant Night" during Monday night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors.
  • Nance posterized Kevin Durant with a strong candidate for Dunk of the Year.
  • The Warriors were still able to pull out the win in overtime, 116-114.


The Los Angeles Lakers retired both of Kobe Bryant's numbers on Monday night during halftime of the team's matchup against the Golden State Warriors.

But while the night was nominally dedicated to Bryant, chances are the name most people were talking about as they left the Staples Center on Monday night was Larry Nance Jr.. The third-year forward absolutely demolished Kevin Durant with what will without a doubt be considered one of the best dunks of the year.

In the closing seconds of the second quarter, Nance collected a loose ball and passed it off to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The two ran the floor together and when Caldwell-Pope was met by Andre Iguodala, he dumped the ball back to Nance in stride, who then burst off the court and dunked all over Kevin Durant. The move sent the Lakers bench and the home crowd into hysterics.

You can watch the mayhem play out below.

The dunk wasn't enough to carry the Lakers to victory, and the Warriors ended up taking the hard fought game in overtime, 116-114. Kevin Durant also got some personal revenge, leading all scorers with 36 points.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Kobe Bryant speaks at his jersey retirement ceremony during halftime of a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant seated courtside with his family looks on during a basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers retired Bryant's #8 and #24 jersey during halftime ceremony. 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 License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Magic Johnson, Jeanie Buss, Rob Pelinka, Kobe Bryant, and his family pose for a photo after the jersey retirement ceremony on December 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson hug after the jersey retirement ceremony on December 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: A general view of the STAPLES Center during Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony on December 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony on December 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Bill Russell and Kobe Bryant greet after the jersey retirement ceremony on December 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Head Coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant greet after the jersey retirement ceremony on December 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Kobe Bryant shake hands after the jersey retirement ceremony on December 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Kobe Bryant walks off court after his jersey retirement ceremony on December 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: A general view of the STAPLES Center during Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony on December 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Kobe Bryant speaks at a press conference prior to a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
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