Zion Williamson dunking all over Eastern Michigan

Rex Christensen
November 15, 2018

Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade is now away from the team, tending to his wife and newborn baby girl, but the future Hall of Famer is still keeping his eye on the basketball world and appreciates Duke freshman Zion Williamson paying homage to Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.

Eastern Michigan (3-1), a veteran team that won 22 games last season, had the unfortunate draw of being the first team Duke played with its shiny new top ranking.

Reddish has suffered a rib injury in the preseason but showed no ill affects of that injury in the first two wins over Kentucky and Army or in the first half of this game against Eastern Michigan.

Eastern Michigan: Not surprisingly, the Eagles threw a 2/3 zone defense at the Blue Devils - Murphy spent seven years on the Syracuse staff with zone savant Jim Boeheim.

First, a reminder that Williamson is not right-handed. It wasn't much of an impediment to the nation's top-ranked team, though that seems insignificant in the long run because nobody in the Mid-American Conference will match Duke's talent level.

Eastern Michigan called the game's first timeout with 16:11 to play. The next two came on lob passes.

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For his part, Williamson thought his night was highlighted by a toss to Barrett for another spectacular dunk. "It was a struggle for us to score in the first half, and once you get down in this building.it's pretty hard to come back". With Duke leading 26-7, Duke's Cam Reddish stole the ball from Eastern Michigan's Elijah Minnie. He floated a pass toward the basket that appeared to be heading out of bounds for a turnover.

Prior to that, Williamson soared for this terrific one-hander.

The Blue Devils were cooking, both in their full-court press and half-court man-to-man.

Williamson and Barrett combined for 70 points to lead Duke to its third consecutive win of the 2018-19 season. The Eagles led for 18 early seconds - when it was 2-0 - and that brought the total amount of time the Blue Devils have trailed this season to 30 total seconds. Barrett and Williamson scored 12 each to almost equal the Eagles' output.

The 6-7, 285-pound Williamson finished the night making 10 of 12 shots while also grabbing a team-best nine rebounds.

However, there were two things that stood out in the Blue Devils victory. But he led Duke with eight assists. 11 different Duke players saw time before half, with Marques Bolden-who logged twoblocks and a steal to go with a couple of buckets-remaining in the starting lineup alongside the four freshmen.

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