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LeBron James called it a “spectacular play” made possible by “rockets in his calf muscle,” and the Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. called it “probably the best block I’ve seen.” wapo.st/3qna8WT
James noted that Morant began the play by “stalking down [his] prey,” just as James blocked Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala during the closing minutes of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. wapo.st/3qna8WT
The sheer verticality of Morant’s effort was impressive — his hands were even with the box on the backboard, and his head was nearly at rim level. wapo.st/3qna8WT
The highlight play will endure in the collective memory because it also melded aspects of other famous blocks.

Here’s how Morant’s block conjured memories of LeBron, Jordan and Russell: wapo.st/3qna8WT

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