The dunk didn’t count as a result of a controversial offensive foul call, but Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun turned heads together with his vicious throwdown over Zach Collins in San Antonio.
In Thursday’s third quarter at AT&T Center, Sengun dribbled nearly the total length of the ground 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 decision, nevertheless it was to no avail, as the unique call stood upon a replay review. Sengun, a 20-year-old big man out of Turkey who was drafted at No. 16 overall within the 2021 first round, clearly didn’t agree with the judgment.
You be the judge, and check out how fans, media members, and even players on NBA Twitter reacted in real-time — including a response by Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Donovan Mitchell.
Sengun finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds on the night, though Collins and the Spurs emerged with the 118-109 victory. It’s a secure assumption that Sengun believes he deserved 18 points, though, together with what would have (must have?) been a profession highlight.
Naaa Sengun just went crazy 😱
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) December 9, 2022
If that could be a foul on Sengun then there has never been a legal poster dunk within the history of the NBA. FILTHY.
— Justin Jett (@JustinJett_) December 9, 2022
Zach Collins gotta retire after that, idk
— Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) December 9, 2022
It is a legit “Why do the officials hate Alperen Sengun?” moment. That gets called perhaps once in every 1,000 possibilities
— Adam Spolane (@AdamSpolane) December 9, 2022
OH MY GOD. ALPEREN SENGUN WITH DUNK OF THE YEAR.
— ᵂᴵᴸᴸ (@BiasedHouston) December 9, 2022
I can’t even concentrate on this game, I’m still stuck on that Sengun poster 😂😂😂
— Bradeaux (@BradeauxNBA) December 9, 2022