The dunk was so nice, the officials had to watch it twice.
When Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins unleashed a vicious dunk over Mavericks star Luka Dončić in the fourth quarter on Sunday night, Wiggins was initially whistled for an offensive foul.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr immediately challenged the call, forcing the officiating crew to take another look at a dunk that will live on highlight reels for years to come.
The crew, like the rest of us, were fortunate to be able to see that dunk in slow-motion.
“THAT IS A POSTER!” pic.twitter.com/nkwgLi0KPk
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 23, 2022
Upon further review, the officials saw what fans inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas and millions watching on the TNT broadcast did in real time. The Wiggins dunk involved some incidental contact with Dončić, but not nearly enough to merit an offensive foul.
The call was overturned, the dunk counts and the posters are headed to the press. Wiggins put Dončić on a poster with a dunk that Warriors fans might never forget.
The dunk punctuated a career night for Wiggins, who scored a playoff career-high 27 points in Golden State’s 109-100 victory over Dallas. Wiggins finished a game-best plus-22 and added 11 rebounds and three assists to help the Warriors take a 3-0 series lead.
Former Warriors guard Baron Davis, responsible for one of the most iconic playoff dunks in franchise history with his slam over Utah Jazz big man Andrei Kirilenko, chimed in on Twitter after Wiggins’ dunk over Dončić.
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) May 23, 2022
The Warriors have now won at least one road game in 26 consecutive playoff series and are on the doorstep of returning to the NBA Finals.