Attention sports-video editors: All basketball buzzer-beater reels need to be amended immediately following the pure insanity of Devin Harris’ game-winning shot against the Sixers last evening. I’m gonna show some love to my favorite basketball blog, Ball Don’t Lie, and let J.E. Skeets spell it out for ya.
If you only watch one NBA highlight this season, I recommend you press play below. This is one for the ages, or at least pregame warmups – a lunging half-court heave at the buzzer that I still can’t believe I actually watched.
The scenario, with a tip of the cap to Basketball Prospectus: Andre Iguodala’s second free throw puts the Sixers up 96-95 with 1.8 seconds left. The Nets are out of timeouts. New Jersey inbounds the ball to All-Star Devin Harris, who pushes it quickly up the left sideline. Iggy reaches in and knocks the ball loose – fortunate to not be whistled for a foul – but Harris recovers the rock in stride, flips a shot from half-court, and…
There was some question as to whether the clock started a bit late – I think it did, but hey, that’s homecourt advantage, right? – but still, what a ridiculous shot. Incredible concentration, Mr. Harris. Somewhere, Stu Tanner is smiling. Probably Danny, D.J. and Stephanie, too.
And hey, don’t feel too sorry for the Sixers – as The700Level.com points out, poor free-throw shooting doomed Philadelphia into that stomach punch loss. They missed 14 of 37 gimmes from the line. Ugh.
How was that reel? Ridiculous indeed. I’m gonna toss in one more highlight that displays fantastic hand-and-eye coordination and timing. Devin’s wins in the savvy and spectacular department, but Jason Maxiell’s wins in the downright nasty department. This one is from last season, but, since I have no TV and limited Internet, I just came across this unbelievable rejection at the rim a few months ago and have since played it again and again.
Don’t stop hurtin’ em Mad Max!