OKLAHOMA CITY -- Of all the things the Dallas Mavericks accomplished while blowing out Oklahoma City 109-86 Sunday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, one of the most memorable plays occurred when Devin Harris tossed a mind-blowing lob dunk to Brandan Wright.
The play occured with less than 10 seconds to go in the third period and put the Mavs ahead 91-70. Harris tossed the ball high in the air from the right side, and it appeared as though the ball was headed out of bounds.
But acting as if he was sitting on a pogo stick, Wright popped out of nowhere, grabbed the ball with his left hand and threw down a thunderous dunk. This got the players on the Mavs' bench off their feet and cheering, and others in the stands wondering how Wright was able to even secure the basketball.
“I had a great view of it and I was like, 'That’s too damn high,' '' forward Vince Carter said. "I try to stay positive, because I’m like a positive guy, but as soon as I saw it I was like, 'That’s too damn high.'
"Sometimes you are going to catch it and just lay it in, but he was so high that when he did catch the ball the momentum of him jumping that high, he had no choice but to dunk the ball. It looked like he dunked it with his shoulder because he was so high.''
Harris and Wright tried to hook up on a similar play in Utah last Wednesday, but Harris' pass was too hard and it floated out of bounds. But not this time.
"As long as he doesn't throw it over the backboard he can’t overthrow me,'' Wright said. "As long as he doesn't throw it over the backboard I'm in good shape.''
Harris admits he's trying to see just how high he can get away with throwing the lob pass to Wright.
"I'm seeing how high he really can go, and I played with some pretty high jumpers,'' Harris said. "I played with the slam dunk champion last year (in Utah's Jermey Evans), so I'm testing my limits to see how high I can really get it up there.
“I think that was a little bit softer (than the pass in Utah), but I knew he had to come down eventually. He just timed it right.''
-- Dwain Price
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