Phoenix Suns rookie and Pitt alum Cam Johnson made the first start of his NBA career against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, and he made the most of the occasion, as he came up with a monumental dunk that would make the SportsCenter Top 10.
The dunk came at the 9:25 mark of the first quarter, after Johnson drove past Lakers power forward Anthony Davis and leapt over 7-foot Lakers center JaVale McGee, who could do little to fend off the slam. Johnson's play gave the Suns a 9-8 lead, and it came in at No. 3 on the overnight edition of SportsCenter.
During the play, McGee was whistled for a foul against Johnson, giving the rookie a chance at an and one, but Johnson missed the free throw. He would hit a three-pointer from 25 feet out later in the first quarter and convert on another three in the third quarter.
On the night, Johnson would finish with eight points on 3-of-7 shooting, including a 2-of-4 showing from beyond the arc. He also contributed four assists and three steals in 22 minutes of court time. However, the Suns would fall to the Lakers 125-100.
Forty-one games into his first NBA season, Johnson is averaging 7.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 38.6 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent from the foul line. He currently provides the Suns with depth and is likely to continue in that role.