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.
Was it Westbrook's best dunk ever?
"I don't know. I haven't seen it yet," Westbrook said. "I just jump and let things happen."
What has been your favorite dunk to date? Was it the one over Houston's Shane Battier last season? Was it Earl Watson's pass off the backboard at Golden State in 2009?
"A lot of my favorites are from college, and some pickup games actually," Westbrook said.
Was it a bad pass?
"It was kind of high, but it was something I can go get," Westbrook said. "I just tried to go get it for him (Durant) so we wouldn't get a turnover."
Did you hear the crowd's reaction?
"Yeah, it was kind of loud," Westbrook said. "I guess they kept showing it (on the scoreboard)."
Yes, on the very next trip down court. Were you tempted to look up and watch?
"Yeah, but I had to focus on what was going on," Westbrook said.
What constitutes a good dunk?
"That definitely was good in my book," Westbrook said, "but like I said, I haven't seen it yet to know where it is. I'm going to go check it out."
There was no doubt where the dunk ranked in the mind of backup point Eric Maynor, at least not initially.
"You can go ahead and put it on the SportsCenter Top 10 at No. 1," said Maynor, out for the season with a knee injury. "I've seen a lot of them, and that's the best one I've seen. It's the best dunk of the season."
The best dunk ever for the Thunder? What about Durant's dunk over Dallas center Brendan Haywood in Game 2 of last year's Western Conference Finals?
"Ooooh," Maynor said softly, eyebrows raised.
Or James Harden's breakaway dunk over Cleveland's J.J. Hickson in 2010?
"Ooooh," Maynor repeated.
Did you think Durant's pass was very good to Westbrook?
"Oh, it was a horrible pass," Maynor said with conviction.
Thunder center Nazr Mohammed sent out a warning about rating dunks.
"When you rank them, it's kind of hard to," Mohammed said. "When you see them live, it's the hype of seeing them live and you forget about how good the last dunk was."
As for Durant's pass, Mohammed smiled and said; "It was a great pass … for a guy who can jump that high. If it had been to me, it would have been a horrible pass."