NBA Play of the Day: Hawks’ Williams Soars Over Bulls’ Hinrich

8470648The Atlanta Hawks’ Lou Williams is not really known as a high wire act or for flashy dunks. But in this play, he showed that he can sometimes do those once in a while.

On Saturday night’s game between the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks, Josh Smith blocked Luol Deng’s jumper from behind. Lou Williams got the rebound and handed it to Smith as they ran the break together. The Bulls uncharacteristically didn’t really get back on defense (yup, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau would love that) as Smith casually brought the ball back up to the frontcourt as Williams streaked down the middle.

Smith simply handed the ball to Williams. Then Williams went up for the jam as former Hawk Kirk Hinrich (who, you know, isn’t exactly Dikembe Mutombo or any shotblocking ace, for that matter) tried to block it. Not a chance. Williams gives Hinrich the facial as the Phillips Arena crowd approves.

I don’t ever remember Lou Williams doing an “in your face” dunk like that. He’s known more for his perimeter and volume shooting. When you think dunks in the Hawks, you think of Josh Smith, Dominique Wilkins, Stacey Augmon, or even Jeff Teague. I guess now you can add Lou Williams to the list? Nah. Let’s not go that far. But I suppose the Highlight Factory turns even the unlikeliest of individuals to good dunkers for one night. That was certainly a highlight dunk that they can put in Hawks montages in the future.

The Hawks went on to beat the Bulls, 92-75, as the Hawks go to 16-9 and stay in third place in the East. Al Horford may have gotten the headlines with his 20-point, 10-rebound performance but it was Lou Williams (who scored 16 points, by the way) that stole the show. And he gets our NBA Play of the Day.


Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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