The New York Knicks had just about finished feasting on the visiting San Antonio Spurs, but J.R. Smith saw fit to order dessert, throwing down a stunning alley-oop jam midway through the fourth quarter on a pass from Pablo Prigioni.
The best part of the dunk was definitely the fact that it was a happy accident. Prigioni's pass was way too low to have ever been intended as an 'oop setup.
ESPN.com's J.A. Adande marveled at Smith's conversion on the tough pass, and he raised a good question as to what we should even call the play:
Can you call a pass that JR Smith caught at his hip a lob? Doesn't matter, he still threw it down off the feed from Prigioni.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) January 4, 2013
Jared Dubin of Hardwood Paroxysm was apparently at a loss for words:
Um. wow. JR. Wow.— Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) January 4, 2013
As to where a dunk like this belongs, Hoopshype weighed in:
All-Star contest dunk by JR Smith.— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) January 4, 2013
For a Knicks team that had been playing some pretty mediocre ball over the past couple of weeks, Smith's dunk provided a much-needed jolt of energy. The fact that it came in a blowout against one of the league's best teams is just gravy.
Rumor has it the dunk was exciting enough to rouse Kurt Thomas from his nap on the Knicks bench. Now that's a loud throwdown.