In the final minutes of the 128-117 win over Phoenix SunsWilliamson got the ball with an empty field in front of him and took the opportunity to deliver a windswept 360 that wouldn’t have looked out of place as an entry in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
The crowd, as expected, loved it:
The dunk capped a 35-point game for Williamson, who was 13-of-17 from the field with seven rebounds, four assists and a steal. No one ever got out of their baskets of paint.
Of course, not everyone liked Williamson’s display of obscure prowess. You can even hear a Pelicans radio member say, “No, no, no” as Williamson prepares to fly.
You could make the argument that bullying a defeated team for no other reason than to show off is bad form, but let’s be real. The folks at Smoothie King Center paid good money to watch basketball, among other things, Zion Williamson. They’ve seen him dunk a basketball better than usual. It may have hurt the Suns’ feelings, which is an odd consideration given they’re professionals, but the NBA is an entertainment product at its core, and it’s hard to imagine living in a world where Williamson’s dunks wouldn’t be entertaining.
Yes, those two extra points won’t help the Pelicans in the long run outside the highlight reels for their media team, but they were the exclamation point of a huge win for the 17-8 Pelicans, who currently sit in first place in the West. conspiracy.
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