The Memphis Grizzlies were all smiles after this thunderous throwdown from Marreese Speights.
Holding a 15-point advantage with less than two minutes left in the third quarter, point guard Mike Conley broke to the left wing and found a wide-open Speights near the top of the key.
Speights took the pass and immediately attacked the glass, finishing through the contact of the 6'10", 210-pound Brandan Wright.
It was the kind of play that words can't even describe. For Mavs.com scribe Earl K. Sneed, the slam needed just three letters (and of course some exclamation points for emphasis):
OMG!!! Marreese Speights.— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) December 22, 2012
It's tough to imagine Speights' eyes getting that wide if the 7'1", 240-pound Tyson Chandler had still protected the Dallas paint. That drive and dunk could have easily been nothing more than a mid-range attempt, then.
After winning the 2011 NBA championship, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tried to position his team for a run at free agents Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. In doing so, Cuban cut ties with many of the players who had helped his club capture the first title in franchise history.
The Mavericks (12-15) did trim the point deficit to six with under two minutes left in regulation, but the Grizzlies (18-6) made enough plays late to secure a 92-82 victory.