Down 3-0 in the series and the team's season on the line, everybody was stepping up for the Houston Rockets versus the Thunder Monday night. Kevin Durant and Carlos Delfino made sure to put on a show, just in case it was the last time this season that these two teams played each other.
Durant took over the game late in the fourth quarter, slipping past two defenders (if you consider James Harden idly swiping at him to be defense), and then skying to slam over Delfino and Omer Asik.
His dunk was a response to a dunk that Delfino had earlier on in the third quarter, when he beat Durant down the floor and sent home a dunk just past him. And no, you didn't misread that sentence.
KD to Delfino: "You know what's cooler than dunking on one person? Dunking on TWO people."— SportsNation (@SportsNation) April 30, 2013
Before we move any further, go ahead and gather your confusion. Not only does Carlos Delfino actually do things on offense below the three-point line, but he can dunk, too. I was just as shocked as you surely are.
In the midst of a huge run that sent the Rockets out to a 10-point lead late in the third quarter, Delfino stripped the ball away from Kevin Martin and just barely beat Kevin Durant down the floor. Delfino slammed down a dunk just in front of Durant's block attempt, and drew the foul to boot.
Before we move any further, go ahead and gather your confusion. Not only does Carlos Delfino actually do things on offense below the three-point line, but he can dunk too. I was just as shocked as you surely are.
That Delfino dunk was the most shocking sports development of today— Curtis Harris (@ProHoopsHistory) April 30, 2013
Tonight's dunking display by the Rockets is way more exciting than the Dunk Contest that was held in this arena on All-Star Saturday Night.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 30, 2013
Perhaps even better than the dunk itself was the reaction of both Delfino and Durant. Delfino looks off to someone as if to say, "I told you I could dunk," while Durant looks in disbelief, just like everybody did at home.
Delfino and the Rockets easily made their 105-103 win the most entertaining game of this series, which has been rather interesting despite the one-sided total in the wins column.
Here's to another fun game between these two on Wednesday, and hopefully a lot more dunks.