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JR Smith, who soared from the dotted line for a spectacular dunk at Philly, offered a warning to defenders: #fb
"Whenever somebody gets in my way when I'm about to dunk, I definitely want to prove a point, that the shouldn't have been there," Smith said. "That's what I'm going to do every time."
Smith picked up a pass from Pablo Prigioni and flew from about 10 feet out for the electrifying slam with 8:35 left in the fourth quarter. He was fouled by Jrue Holiday, who gave a half-hearted reach-in effort as Smith elevated to the rim.
The play started when Prigioni ran down the court 1-on-2 after a steal and seemed to want no part of taking it to the rim against Holiday and Evan Turner. So at the last second, the 35-year-old rookie turned and chucked the ball backward, where it bounced a few times until Smith scooped it up.
"I didn't know where Pablo was throwing the ball at to be honest with you," a laughing Carmelo Anthony said, "but JR saved the day."
Smith said he had a feeling Prigioni -- notorious for his pass-first mentality -- saw him in the rear view mirror.
"I was dead-tired, I couldn't even run," Smith said. "And then at the last minute he kicked it back to me and I had to speed up."
Just like they drew it up.