Bazley maneuvered not just the ball around Collins, but his entire head. He double-clutched and threw in the ferocious slam dunk.
“I call him a freak of nature, but he’s a freak athlete,” said guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. “He can do so many things in the air, get so high with the gifts he’s given.”
It extended the Thunder’s lead to 11, essentially capping the game.
Bazley smiled and laughed when asked about it and his teammates’ reaction. He couldn’t really describe the dunk itself, but enjoyed the aftermath.
“They just was like pumped up. It was fourth quarter — I don’t remember the score, but I’m assuming it was big. Their coach called a timeout, I’m sure we was on a run,” Bazley said.
It was big. But that doesn’t mean the Thunder haven’t seen it before.
“He just made a regular basketball play for Baze, which is crazy,” Gilgeous-Alexander said.
As teammates celebrated with Bazley, Twitter also reacted. Here is what Bazley said about the dunk:
Darius Bazley on his dunk on John Collins: “I mean.. (laughs).. I drove it.. (laughs).. I don’t know.. (laughs).”
Translation: he’s too nice to talk trash on Collins, but it was fun. pic.twitter.com/xiWSj67IAo
— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) February 27, 2021
And here’s another view of the throw-down.