With 2:32 remaining in the second quarter, point guard Russell Westbrook performed what many believe might be the best dunk in Thunder history.
Granted, the franchise is only in its fourth season, but that doesn't diminish what transpired during a 115-89 cakewalk over the Sacramento Kings.
An appreciative sellout crowd of 18,203 was at Chesapeake Energy Arena to bear witness with severe weather approaching.
Three factors made the dunk so impressive: 1. The cocked motion and ferocity with which Westbrook threw the ball down; 2. The dunk was converted off a horrible alley-oop pass from teammate Kevin Durant; 3. The achievement came from someone who stands 6-foot-3.
Durant started the sequence with a steal near midcourt. Durant struggled momentarily to control his dribble on a fast break, spotted Westbrook to left and shoveled a pass in the general direction.
Westbrook reached back with his right arm and with his eyes nearly at rim level, slammed the ball straight down.
One of the loudest crowd reactions of the season ensued.
"I don't want to give him too much credit. It was a great pass by myself," a laughing Durant said afterward. "Nah, but that was one of the most athletic plays I've ever seen. I think it was probably the dunk of the year. (The Clippers') Blake Griffin has had a lot of those, but for a 6-3 point guard to be catching lobs like that, man, that was unreal."
Did Durant think the pass was too high when he let it go?
"I thought it was too short," Durant said. "I thought it was going to get tipped, but he turned a terrible pass into a great finish. That's what he's been doing for us all year. That was unreal."
Where does it rank among Westbrook's dunks?
"He's had plenty of highlights," Durant said, "but this one was unreal because of how high he jumped and how much he cocked it back. At 6-3, I've never seen nothing like that."
The best dunk in team history?
"That was probably the best," Durant said. "His is right there because he's 6-3, man, and he dunked that like he was my height (6-foot-9). It was a terrible pass and he cocked it all the way back, man. That was crazy."
While a horde of media was interviewing Durant, Westbrook slinked away and tried to sneak out of the locker room, as he often tries to do.
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