With his head down and a wide open lane to the rim, San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White sucked the gravity out of the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO.
In the third frame of the Spurs-Nuggets Game 1 playoff series, White was on the break and sailed to the rim with authority. He only had Paul Millsap between him and the rim. That's when White hammered down a dunk.
“I was screaming for like two minutes, it was crazy but it was impressive," said Bryn Forbes. "Really impressive."
The Spurs bench erupted as players jumped out of their seats and the Nuggets fans were left with their jaws dropped.
"It happened so fast for me I didn’t know what was going on," said Rudy Gay. "I just looked up and he was flying through the air. At first, I was like, ‘good dunk,’ but then I was like, ‘please don’t be hurt.’"
White finished Game 1 with 16 points, fives assists, and three rebounds. He shot 70 percent from the field and a key steal late in the game to seal the win for the Spurs.
His monster dunk may be the lasting memory from Game 1 but it wasn't the first time this season he has rocked the rim.
Against the Hawks in the regular-season, he showed off with a big dunk.
To add more to his performance in Game 1 was that it was done in his home state of Colorado. He spent his college career with the Buffalos before being selected by the Spurs in the NBA Draft.
“I probably started the game off a little too excited," said White. "I started fouling and was just running around but after I settled down, I just started playing another game."
As for his dunk that rocked the opening night of the 2019 NBA Playoffs, it was just White doing what he does best - attacking the rim.
“I was just pushing in and nobody stopped the ball so I just attacked and tried to make a play at the rim," said White about his dunk. "I seen him (Millsap) at the rim and just thought I try to him.”