30 best NBA poster dunks of all time

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1. Taj Gibson over Dwyane Wade

There wasn’t much teams could do about the Miami Heat era that included LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. The trio went to four consecutive NBA Finals, winning two of them and unleashed an avalanche of highlight plays that no one who was watching the NBA at the time will ever forget.

For Heat fans, there were a few moments that they’d love to forget, though, and one of those is the time Taj Gibson unleashed the boom of booms on the top of Dwyane Wade’s head. Wade, who has made a career out of making the rest of the NBA look bad, got a taste of his own medicine when he got caught as the sole defender back on a Chicago fastbreak.

Gibson didn’t just dunk on Wade, he used every functioning muscle in his body to catch on the run and explode off the floor for a devastating two-handed jam. If there was any tension while Gibson was in the air, he let it all out after the dunk as he roared for the crowd at the United Center.

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You have never and will never see Dwyane Wade look as dejected as he did in the immediate moments after realizing that he did, in fact, get dunked on by Taj Gibson. Reggie Miller acts as if he’s never seen a dunk before following Gibson’s play, and lets the whole world know the obvious: “It is the Eastern Conference Finals” in his first words after the dunk. This is what happens when you’re speechless in a position in which you’re required to speak. Gibson did that.