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VIDEO: Nick Young’s 360-degree layup connects in Lakers’ home finale

Gene Sweeney Jr. / Associated Press / December 27, 2013

Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young has a glorious history of botched layup attempts.






But in the home finale at Staples Center against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night, he had his shining moment: 

The best thing about this drive, spin and finish with the beautiful touch off the glass is that the normally unnecessary improvisation on the layup was actually functional. 

When Grizzlies center Marc Gasol flashes into the low post to help, he has the entire right side of the hoop covered with his outstretched arm. Young’s read was as impressive as the finish itself because he anticipated where the big man would be. Next, he poetically avoided him in mid air while having the concentration and coordination to finish. 

In addition to the layup, the cut to receive the pass as well as the look from Wesley Johnson were superb and indicative of how in synch they were on  the play. 

It’s a small victory in a season marred by injuries and blowout losses, but nonetheless was a moment of triumph for Los Angeles. 

Just for fun, here’s a look at some of Young’s layup failures over the years, the first one ironically coming against the Lakers in 2012. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.