OKLAHOMA CITY -- Vince Carter, who caught a bunch of sky-high alley-oops during his Half-Man, Half-Amazing days, had a great view of the under-handed, way-over-the-rim lob pass Devin Harris delivered to Brandan Wright late in the third quarter Sunday night.
Carter didn’t believe Wright could go up and get it despite his fellow Tar Heel’s long arms and pogo-stick lift.
“I’m a positive guy, but as soon as I saw it, I was like, ‘That’s too damn high,’” Carter said, laughing because Wright proved him wrong, soaring to snag the ball with his left hand well over the square on the backboard and slam it home.
The highlight of the Mavericks’ 109-86 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder could hardly be considered a surprise. How many times has Wright gone up, up, up for a lob and finish?
Harris has been on the front end of a lot of those highlights during his two months playing with Wright. And he’s thrown several lobs that didn’t seem catchable until Wright’s lanky left arm shot up toward the rafters before firing down to the rim with ball in hand.
“I’m testing my limits,” Harris said. “I’m seeing how high he can really go. I’m testing my limits to see how high I can really put it up there.”
There was a pass from Harris in last week’s win over the Utah Jazz that Wright couldn’t handle. But the issue there was velocity, not verticality.
Put some touch on the pass, and Wright promises he’ll go get it.
“As long as he doesn’t throw it over the backboard, he can’t overthrow me,” said a smiling Wright, who has a team-high 64 dunks this season. “As long as he doesn’t throw it over the backboard, I’m in good shape.”
He’ll get no argument from Harris, who loves turning the corner on his defender and seeing the opposing big man step up to help when Wright is on the floor. That’s an automatic lob, a highlight waiting to happen.
“Anywhere around the rim, he’s pretty much going to catch it,” said Harris, who six assists against the Thunder included a couple of alley-oops to Wright. “It makes my job so much easier. It’s more of a bail-out. When I feel like I might be able to get to the rim but I don’t really feel like I can get there, I can always throw it up to B. Wright.
“Just throw it in the air. Just put it up there and he’ll go up and get it.”