Ja Morant didn’t quite pull a Vince Carter, but he wasn’t far off.
Morant had a monster game in Murray State’s first round matchup against Marquette in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, dominating across the board. His most emphatic play came when he dunked all over Joey Hauser early in the second half:
Morant recorded a triple-double in the game — the first in the NCAA Tournament since Draymond Green in 2012.
We knew he was a big-time player, but what’s impressive is that he showed up and did his best on the biggest stage.
DeMarcus Cousins got called for a technical foul during Saturday night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers for posing after a big dunk.
Midway through the third quarter, Cousins drove and dunked on Kyle Kuzma. He then stood over Kuzma with an intimidating pose — enough to get himself T’d up.
Kuzma was looking for a foul call on the play. Meanwhile, Lakers execs were probably worried about Kuzma’s status after that, just hoping he would be well enough to continue being a part of trade rumors.
You think Boogie is back?
Zion Williamson remains the best show in college basketball.
The Duke freshman threw down a monster dunk in the first half of the Blue Devils’ game against Virginia on Saturday. He grabbed a rebound on the defensive end and went coast-to-coast before throwing down:
Not only was his ability to press ahead on the fastbreak impressive, but he also got fouled hard on the arm and still managed to stuff it down hard.
Williamson entered the game averaging 21.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 2.0 steals per game all while shooting 66.2 percent from the field. He’s a monster.
James Harden made a statement early in the Houston Rockets’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Harden blew past Lonzo Ball around the 3-point line and then drove to the hoop for a huge dunk on JaVale McGee:
Harden knew he had delivered a big play because he even flexed afterwards.
Houston is only 12-14 on the season and needs to start turning things around. Maybe plays like that will help them build momentum.
The Houston Rockets came alive in the second quarter of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, and nothing made that statement louder than James Harden’s dunk on Draymond Green.
Midway through the second quarter, Harden blew threw the Warriors’ defense and then jammed on Green, who came over to try and make a play. Here’s a look at it.
It was a statement dunk and one that had some calling it the best of Harden’s career. Here’s a look at some of the reactions to the big dunk.
Joel Embiid unloaded a statement dunk in Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ series with the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Late in the second quarter, Embiid took a sweet pass from Ben Simmons and went up for a huge dunk all over Aron Baynes:
That dunk gave Philly a 44-43 lead in the second quarter. They carried that momentum into halftime with a 51-48 lead.
Giannis Antetokounmpo added to his career highlight reel with an insane dunk on Tuesday.
During the third quarter of the Bucks’ game against the Knicks, Khris Middleton threw an alley-oop to Antetokounmpo, who jumped completely over Tim Hardaway Jr. to finish the play. Take a look at the Greek Freak’s incredible athleticism.
Here’s a view from a different angle.
Blake Griffin lit things up on Tuesday with another one of his amazing dunks.
In the first quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ game against the Utah Jazz, Griffin went hard to the basket and slammed on Rudy Gobert with what may have been his best dunk since the one on Mozgov.
It wasn’t just the way he dunked that was awesome; it was how Griffin just hung on the rim like a boss that also stood out. The comparisons to the infamous Prince sketch from “Chappelle’s Show” came right away — for good reason:
Atlanta is excited about rookie John Collins, whom the Hawks drafted No. 19 overall. Collins is a big man, and he played in the post during his two years at Wake Forest, but he has the athleticism to play with wings.
That athleticism was fully on display Wednesday afternoon at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Collins took a pass from the top of the key, charged to the basket, and posterized New Orleans’ Cheick Diallo and Keith Benson.
Have a look at the monster flush below:
Talk about having springs for legs. The Hawks lost, 105-95, but Collins was a bright spot. He scored 25 points, shot 11-for-15 (!) from the field and snatched nine rebounds. Last year for the Demon Deacons, Collins averaged 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He was named first team All-ACC.
Though Collins fell out of the lottery, some analysts are speculating he can be an immediate-impact guy for the Hawks.
Not to get carried away following one dunk, but … can we please have Collins in the 2018 Dunk Contest?
The Greek Freak was at it again on Saturday night.
During the third quarter of Milwaukee’s game against Miami on Saturday, Giannis Antetokounmpo took off on a dunk from just inside the free throw line and soared in for the jam:
You saw that correctly: Antetokounmpo only needed one step after crossing halfcourt to complete that dunk. Awesome.