A sensational dunk attempt from Ja Morant almost ended in disaster for the highly rated NBA rookie.
The Memphis Grizzles point guard was looking to prove something against the Houston Rockets and former MVP James Harden, despite his team trailing by 10 with just over two minutes left to play.
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Morant dived into the lane and was met by Rockets forward Danuel House Jr.
His ambitious dunk attempt had no chance of going in, but it was his alarming collapse to the floor that had NBA fans briefly holding their breath.
The Grizzlies star’s arm and legs got caught beneath him as he landed on the floor, gruesomely twisting as Morant hit the deck.
Fortunately, the 20-year-old was able to get up and walk back to the bench under his own power soon after.
NBA fans were relieved to see the electric guard get away unscathed.
This could have been VERY bad.— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) November 5, 2019
Ja Morant took a frightening fall after a failed poster attempt 😱pic.twitter.com/bIFuiGGmrA
I like the *idea* of Ja Morant trying to dunk on everybody. I am very, very concerned about him dying on the landings after he gets rocked in mid-air.— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) November 5, 2019
Scary fall for Ja Morant. Good thing he’s flexible, appears to okay!— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) November 5, 2019
Aron Baynes’ Phoenix Suns continue their winning ways
Powerhouse games from Phoenix Suns duo Aron Baynes and Devin Booker have inflicted the first loss of the NBA season on Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers.
The Suns beat the 76ers 114-109 in Phoenix on Monday.
Baynes was a force on the offensive and defensive ends and jousted with fellow Australian Simmons throughout the game.
Baynes finished with 15 points, including three three-pointers, seven rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and a steal.
Booker had a hot hand sinking 15 of 19 field goal attempts for 40 points.
Simmons was also outstanding, leading the 76ers with six points, five rebounds, six assists and equalling his career-high seven steals.
The 76ers entered the game as the only undefeated team in the league after opening the season with five wins.
The Suns, atrocious the past four seasons, also started the season on a high with the off-season additions of veterans Baynes, Ricky Rubio and Dario Saric.
The win gives the Suns a five-win, two-loss record.