128-117 in the final minute Phoenix SunsWilliamson got the ball with an empty court in front of him and took advantage of the opportunity to deliver a 360 aerial dunk.
The crowd, predictably, loves 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. Not one of his baskets came out of the paint.
Of course, not everyone loves Williamson’s dunking skills. You can even hear a member of the Pelicans broadcast saying “no, no, no” as Williamson prepares to take off.
You could make an argument that playing a losing team is bad form, but let’s be real. People at the Smoothie King Center paid good money to see Zion Williamson play basketball. They saw him playing basketball better than usual. Maybe that hurt the Suns’ feelings, an odd consideration given that 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 dunk wasn’t entertaining.
Yes, those two extra points won’t help the Pelicans long-term outside of their media team’s highlight reels, but it was an exclamation point on a big win for the 17-8 Pelicans, who are currently in first place in the West. Conference.