Australian NBA star Aron Baynes has been involved in an incredible moment of NBA insanity — but sadly for the Aussie, it was as a spectator.
The 33-year-old Phoenix Suns centre is 6 foot 10 or 208cm tall and few can leap over a man of his stature.
But rookie sensation Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant, who is just 6 foot 3 or 191cm tall has left the Aussie looking tiny.
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With less than a minute left and the Grizzlies holding a 109-105 point lead.
Morant, who went third in the NBA Draft, went from the outside, with a crossover before switching hands mid-air to dunk on the Boomers star.
It was surprising with Baynes known for jumping with dunking players but there was little the Aussie could do as the dunk more or less sealed the game.
The commentators went nuts as the Grizzlies went to 8-16 for the season.
JA TOOK IT TO THE RACK 💪 #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/ZsY5twsfee
It had been a quiet game for Morant, who’s 13 points and 6 assists were behind his 19.1 points and 6.4 assists to start his NBA career, but he made plenty of noise with the finish.
The 20-year-old downplayed the breakthrough dunk.
Ja Morant can play.Source:AP
“It felt good,” Morant said. “I feel like everybody knows that’s my game. To go to the rack with force and try to finish the play aggressive and was able to get one tonight.”
Social media went nuts for the moment.
I can't tell if Baynes is running back on defense or fleeing the scene of his own murder. https://t.co/9xAcL1UF1M
Willing to testify in court against Ja Morant as a witness in the Phoenix-area murder of Aron Baynes. I hope others have the same courage.pic.twitter.com/koMGu0m2J5
Ja Morant, holy smokes. Crazy dunk over Baynes to put the game away.
Ja with ZERO regard for human life and the family of Aron Baynes, my goodness. https://t.co/9rCmq76dX9
Of all the nasty Ja Morant dunks this season that one might’ve been the best
Underrated part of this: switching back to the right hand to make sure it was directly on Baynes' dome. https://t.co/nDQ6x3fV5L
Ja Morant just one of the nastiest clutch dunks I've ever seen on Aron Baynes.
JESUS, JA MORANT
My reaction if I were Aron Baynes’ father pic.twitter.com/7xtNEtPCKu
While it wasn’t ideal, Baynes finished the game with 12 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.
It’s been a breakout season for the Aussie though, who is averaging career highs nearly across the board with 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Hopefully this won’t slow him down.
— with AP
‘MVP’ CHANT MELTS DEPARTED STAR
Kawhi Leonard receives his 2019 NBA championship ring from Raptors’ Kyle Lowry.Source:AP
Damn — Canadians are just the world’s nicest people.
Kawhi Leonard helped the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA Championship but when he left for the LA Clippers, you could imagine fans would be angry.
But it doesn’t seem to be the case.
In the land of “sorry”, the Toronto fans embraced the star in his first trip back with the fans chanting “MVP” as he received his championship ring, despite wearing his Clippers gear.
A massive standing ovation and "MVP" chants for Kawhi Leonard as he finally receives his championship ring. 👏 pic.twitter.com/Hm9AOcLeDL
Pretty much anywhere else in the world, he would have been drowned out by booing and jeering fans.
Don’t ever change Canada.
Well, Kawhi is superman.Source:AP
Even Clippers coach Doc Rivers was floored by the reception.
“I can tell you, that ovation, to him, was very heartfelt. There’s no doubt about that. And it meant a lot to him,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said postgame, according to ESPN. “I thought what the Raptors did overall – the video, the players coming out, all of them who played with him (on the 2019 title team) – that’s the best that I’ve seen since I’ve been in the league.
“That’s a really classy move by the organisation and then by the fans as well.”
Fun Guy in town. pic.twitter.com/RdAwMTuZES
Kawhi then led his Clippers to a 112-92 win with 23 points, six assists and five rebounds.
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