Whenever Zion Williamson finds an open lane to the basket, you might as well press play on NASA's famous countdown: "3, 2, 1. Liftoff!" During his latest flight, Zion scaled a near 7-footer, stopping just short of the moon.
Coming off a disappointing loss versus the Lakers, Zion and his Pelicans were looking to assert their dominance against a Kings team that's at the bottom of the Western Conference.
With less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, Zion took matters into his own hands. And legs. Catching the ball by the low block, Zion hit a quick jab step, took one dribble to the paint and slammed over the 6'9" power forward Chimezie Metu.
Omg: If you've yet to see the highlight, it's a must-watch. His teammates on the bench rise in unison. NBA personality Rob Perez showed how Zion not only put Metu on a poster but turned his hand into a hat.
But bro was just getting going. Ending the night 13-for-15 from the field, that's 86.7%, and dropping 31 points along with 6 boards, Zion set a new Pelicans record for the most efficient 30-point game, shooting-wise.
Later, Paul George embarrassed the NBA's leading shot-blocker, Myles Turner, blasting toward the rim without hesitation and cocking back a one-handed jam.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was PUMPED, as he should be, after fully committing to George and signing him to a five-year max contract extension worth as much as $226 million during the off-season.
Yessir: Fittingly, this move follows PG13 telling ESPN that he's "coming back with a vengeance" this season, motivated by "the fact that people saw weakness" when the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead to the Nuggets in the second round of the playoffs.
"And I had to address that," he said. "I had to answer that. That fueled me. That put me in a place where I wanted to come back and be myself again."