By Jean-Paul Salamanca (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Jan 05, 2013 03:48 PM EST

From Blake Griffin's dunk to Jeremy Lin's no-look pass, the NBA's Top 5 Plays of the Weeks are run down here. (Photo : Reuters)

It was a big week in NBA action that saw big time plays all around the league.

Although the Lakers lost to the Clippers 107-102 at the Staples Center last night, Kobe Bryant showed that he still is a prime player as he finished the night with 38 points, including 16 in the final quarter. Despite the remarkable performance by Bryant, the Lakers continue the struggles in achieving a better record in the Conference Standings. The Clippers on the other hand are place 2nd in the Western Conference and 2nd overall in the league behind Kevin Durant's Thunder.

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Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets on the other hand continue to dazzle the audience with their dynamic play and athletic skills leaving fans wowed and foes stunned.

Although the Rockets flew over the Bucks 115-101 on Friday for their third straight win, Houston's hustle to victory was not achieved without literally spilling some blood.

With 1:26 minutes into the third quarter, Jeremy Lin collided with Larry Sanders as they both raced to the ball at mid-court. The momentary but apparently agonizing collision left the Rockets' PG's head visibly bloodied.

Lin would return in the fourth quarter and spark a much needed 14 point drive for the Rockets - via six points and three assists for eight additional points.

Lin ended the game with eight points, seven assists and four steals as the Rockets averaged 54.2 percent from the field while James Harden's 29 points - shooting 11-18 - was one of the major factors of Houston clinching the win.

Other top plays come from JR Smith who continuously shows why he's a strong candidate for the NBA's 'Sixth Man of the Year' award and Blake Griffin who continues to live up to the hype with another of his famous dunks in the big game for the LA Clippers.

Latinos Post breaks down the Top Five NBA Plays of the Week:

5 Kobe Bryant's Steal And Dunk

He's still got it. Even in a 107-102 narrow Lakers loss to the Clippers Friday night, Bryant showed he still had the moves with 38 points for the game. Two of them came on this slick steal in the first quarter, followed by dunking on his friend Chris Paul.

4 Kevin Durant's "And-1" Dunk on Spencer Hawkes

On Friday, Durant reminded the Philadelphia 76ers why he's among the most feared scorers in the NBA. Though ejected for the first time in his NBA career, he put up 26 points before hand, including this strong finish in the lane in the fourth quarter.

3 Jeremy Lin's Slick No-Look Pass to Greg Smith

Lin is beginning to evolve into one of the better playmakers in the NBA, as evident by this play in the Rockets' 104-92 win Wednesday over New Orleans. Watch this sweet no-look pass Lin connects with Greg Smith on after slicing into the lane.

2 JR Smith's Alley-Oop Dunk on the Spurs

When he's off, he's off, but when JR Smith is on, few players are more electrifying that the New York Knicks' super-sub. Smith's acrobatic alley-oop dunk off an assist from Pablo Prigioni in the Knicks 100-82 win Thursday.

1 Blake Griffin's reverse dunk on Pau Gasol

The LA Clippers' Griffin is known around the league for his highlight reel dunks. And in the biggest game of the week against their cross-town rival Lakers Friday, Griffin provided one of the biggest highlights of the game with this dunk on Pau Gasol that has to be seen to be believed.

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