In the middle of the first quarter on Thursday night, Jrue Holiday took an inbounds pass from Khris Middleton and wheeled all the way across to the other side of the court, where Bobby Portis was waiting with a screen. As he coasted into the lane, the defense eventually stepped up to contain him, and he spotted Brook Lopez cutting to the rim along the baseline.
Perhaps forgetting that Giannis Antetokounmpo was sitting out due to a knee injury, Holiday lobbed the ball way up above the square. It probably should have been too high, and Holiday even admitted after the game that it was a bad pass. But Lopez adjusted and somehow extended his arm far enough to make the catch and rock the rim with a ferocious slam that sent Fiserv Forum into hysterics.
“You see that dunk Brook had?” Bobby Portis said. “That was crazy. We was talking about it. I don’t know man, he dunked it so hard. That was crazy, I didn’t think he had a chance of even catching it. I was at the top of the key and I saw it coming and I was like ‘man that’s out of bounds.’ Then he dunked it. That was a special moment. It got the crowd really hyped and from there it was our game.”