San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson grabbed the defensive rebound and then lofted a pass ahead to Manu Ginobili, who spotted Patrick Mills sprinting down the left side, with New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon running down the middle of the court trying to botch the play.
Nonetheless, Ginobili threw a bullet pass to Mills, who made the basket to complete a perfect play.
"You could see him setting it up halfway down the court," Spurs captain Tim Duncan said, "and he gets his steps right and as soon as he catches it he fires it. It was fun to see." Ginobili said he had to put extra zip on the ball to get it past Gordon.
"I just knew (Mills) was going to be there and try to grab it and throw it quick," he said. "The truth is, I didn’t think it was going to go through. I think it was Gordon who was in the way, but I think he got surprised by the pass. It ended up being a good one."
Mills has been with the Spurs for little more than a week, but already learned an important lesson about being on the court with Ginobili: Always be ready for his pass, no matter where he may be on the court.
"Playing against him these last couple of years and at the international level, I’ve learned, defensively, to always keep your hands up because he can fire it from anywhere" said Mills.
"I thought that ball was going to blow me out of the arena, to be honest. I knew I was open but there was someone in the way and I didn’t know how he was going to get it to me. The easy job was just catching it and putting it in. It was a great pass." Mills added.