The dunk didn’t count due to a controversial offensive foul call, but Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun turned heads with his vicious throwdown over Zach Collins in San Antonio.
In Thursday’s third quarter at AT&T Center, Sengun dribbled nearly the full length of the floor and dunked in transition over San Antonio’s veteran big man. But moments after the made bucket, it was wiped away by what the NBA’s game officials judged to be an offensive foul from Sengun’s left (non-dunking) arm.
Rockets head coach Stephen Silas challenged the call, but it was to no avail, as the original call stood upon a replay review. Sengun, a 20-year-old big man out of Turkey who was drafted at No. 16 overall in the 2021 first round, clearly did not agree with the judgment.
You be the judge, and take a look at how fans, media members, and even players on NBA Twitter reacted in real-time — including a response by Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Donovan Mitchell.