The Denver Nuggets suffered from poor shooting in the first half of their Western Conference playoff clash with the Golden State Warriors. However, athletic big man JaVale McGee provided a highlight that didn't require much touch.
McGee took flight late in the second quarter of Game 1 on Saturday and threw down a thunderous dunk on Warriors center Andrew Bogut, which has a good shot at landing on highlight reels everywhere.
Amid a stretch in which Denver had significant difficulty filling it up, this instant injection of offense and energy came essentially by accident.
A mismatch occurred just outside the free-throw line when Nuggets star Andre Iguodala had a size advantage on Warriors sixth man extraordinaire Jarrett Jack. When Iguodala lost the handle as the shot clock wound down, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
The versatile guard found the seven-foot McGee diving toward the bucket on a sharp cut from the opposite baseline. From there, McGee slammed it down emphatically with one hand, despite optimal positioning from Bogut, causing the packed Pepsi Center crowd to erupt.
This isn't much of a surprise coming from the 25-year-old explosive leaper, who wowed basketball fans when he stuffed three balls through the iron at once during the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. McGee finished second in the competition to Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin.
Through the first 24 minutes of this contest, McGee had five points, four rebounds and a blocked shot coming of the bench.
Denver trailed 48-44 at the break, but McGee's monster jam should provide some significant momentum for the home team as the final half unfolds.