The Phoenix Suns, one of the best teams in the league, expected to easily sail by the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.
But the Magic put up a surprisingly tough fight and the game was much closer than expected.
In the end, the Suns pulled out a 116-113 win.
And it was partly due to an incredible block from little-known player Josh Okogie.
The Suns were up by three with just seconds to go and rookie phenom Paolo Banchero had hold of the ball.
He set himself up for a three-pointer but was blocked by Okogie with expert timing and skill, ending the game.
Josh Okogie blocks Paolo in the final seconds of the Suns win.
"I've been doing this since I got to the league. It's nothing new to me. I love the challenge & I love the opportunity to guard Steph, Giannis & go out & guard Banchero, Franz, all those guys. pic.twitter.com/72FkW287pC… https://t.co/TsXO5UK3TV
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) March 17, 2023
Following the huge block and victory, Okogie opened up about his performance.
“I’ve been doing this since I got to the league. It’s nothing new to me,” he said according to Ballislife.com.
“I love the challenge,” he added.
It was a big moment for the young star, who is experiencing his first year with this Phoenix squad.
So far this season, he is averaging 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.
While not as well known as Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and others, the 24-year-old guard is making a name for himself.
The Suns had to give up a few well-known and reliable stars when they made their monster trade for Kevin Durant.
Players such as Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson are now gone.
This gives other players, such as Okogie, a chance to shine and show their worth.
That is exactly what the Nigerian player did on Thursday night.
He was crucial and clutch and also shut down one of the most exciting young players in the league.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad night for Okogie.NEXT: Kevin Durant Has Some Harsh Words For NBA Analyst