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Buzzer-beaters take over the night

Last night featured the biggest slate of NBA games since April, with 15 teams in action. The usual wonders of athleticism were on display from the usual suspects: James Harden, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, et al. Equally on display were the abnormal number of buckets swished right before end-of-the quarter horns.

Everybody who has put up shots alone has done it. “5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 …” Launch. In the Bulls-Pistons overtime affair, there were four buzzer-beaters to close a frame. And on and on it went, an endless loop of dramatic finishes, celebrations and dejection.

Another night like this and I don’t know if I can wait another three weeks for opening night.

VIDEO: It was buzzer-beaters galore Tuesday night

George casually nails absurdly long trey

Anybody in the whole free world with half an NBA eye knows the Pacers are struggling. Those with a whole eye see their superstar Paul George as being in the vanguard of the struggle, as illuminated by Sekou Smith here recently.

So what does Mr. George do to get folks off his back? He launches a 3 from the half-court logo in a one-point game with a little over three minutes to play, that’s what. It wasn’t a buzzer-beater either, although he may have thought it was…

VIDEO: Paul George goes YOLO — or gets desperate — and sinks ridiculous 3

Indiana ended up winning 101-94. Does this shift their season for the better? Who knows. One thing for sure: Uncle Pauly hasn’t lost his confidence.

LeBron Can Still Dunk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For all the talk about what a well-rounded player LeBron James has become, dude can still get nasty on the rim. Last night he had three crazy dunks, and one of them didn’t even count. If LeBron James wants us to stop talking about how he should enter the Slam Dunk Contest, he better stop doing ridiculous stuff like this third dunk in warm-ups…



(gifs via guyism)

Top 10 Circus Shots: 2012-13

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You like crazy shots? You like watching NBA athletes do the impossible? Well have I got a video for you. Toney Douglas flipping a ball over his head at the buzzer? Check. Kyrie Irving with a crazy up-and-under off the top of the glass? Yep. Kevin Durant bouncing a shot off the top of the backboard—twice—and in? It’s in there.

Look, I could write about this all day, but just watch the thing…

Knicks End Wild Quarter On Wild Shot

by Zettler Clay IV

The Knicks are rolling, and when one of the best scorers this league has ever seen has it going, effects can be contagious. When the Bucks visited Gotham City to take on Carmelo Anthony and the league’s hottest team, the fever pitch came in the third quarter.

After seeing the 1972-73 Knicks championship team honored at halftime, the Knicks came out firing. They scored 42 points, ‘Melo had 18 of them and Jason Kidd capped things off with this beauty to send the crowd nuts:

As for the Syracuse alumnus, he poured in a measly 41 points (third straight game of 40 or more) and pulled down 14 rebounds in the Knicks’ 11th straight victory.

Obama Imitates John Starks At The White House

by Zettler Clay IV

If your mind immediately went to the 1994 NBA Finals after reading this headline, then me and you are best friends probably too familiar with:

a) the New York Knicks
b) John Starks
c) the Houston Rockets
d) the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and John Starks

At the Oval Office for Easter Day festivities, president Barack Obama dropped in on some children and Washington Wizards and decided to show them how much game their POTUS has. Except he didn’t.

Missing his first 18 shots, he shot an impressive 2-of-4 the rest of the way (unofficial report). Good lesson to part with for the kiddies: *Bad starts happen to the best of us. It’s how we finish that determines our character how many bad YouTube comments we can engender.

*Knicks fans, don’t hate me for making that Game 7 reference. I’m your friend, I assure you.

Drummond Nails Air With Free Throw Attempts

by Zettler Clay IV

The NBA received more good news recently with the return of Andre Drummond, whose aerial skills as a big man rivals dunkaholic DeAndre Jordan. Unfortunately for the Pistons, so does his skills at the charity stripe:

The first one missed by about 30 feet. Second by 27 feet. There stands a great chance Drummond shot the worst free throws of his career. Or a nagging feeling that this is just the start.

But as long as Drummond is doing damage like this on the boards, Detroit can live with a few air-drawing free throws:

Durant Channels His Inner LeBron

by Zettler Clay IV

It seems that LeBron James has done more than trigger the second largest winning streak in NBA history. He is also responsible for another trend, one that Kevin Durant ably followed (much to the delight of all parties involved) after a fan hit a half-court shot in OKC during the Trail Blazers-Thunder matchup Sunday night.

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Can definitely dig the tribute from Durant, a buddy of James. But mostly, kudos to the fan for first running past the $20K check he won to get to his wife. Clearly, this is a smart man.

High School Championship Ends On Insane Buzzer-Beater

by Zettler Clay IV

New York City is no stranger to hair-raising, eye-popping basketball. But every once in a while, something bizarre happens that surpasses the expectations of the most seasoned hardwood viewer.

In the Section 1 Class AA final, ninth-seeded New Rochelle squared off against third-seeded Mount Vernon (home of Denzel Washington). With 2.9 seconds left on clock and trailing, New Rochelle inbounded the ball from opposite end of court. Trying to get the ball closer to his own basket, Khalil Edney launched. His passed was intercepted. In a scene we’ve seen many times, the Mount Vernon player threw the ball in the air with hopes that time would elapse before the ball hit the ground.

But he didn’t throw it high enough and Edney – same guy who inbounded ball – grabbed ball from mid-air and…well, see for yourself:

This shot capped a 12-1 run by the winning team. In further bit of irony, New Rochelle is the alma mater of Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who starred as the point guard in his prep days:

If only Mt. Vernon had thrown the ball higher.

Dude Nails Implausible Shot From Really High In The Air

by Zettler Clay IV

Something extraordinary happened at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland recently…and it may or may not have required throwing a basketball in a hoop from a “world-record” 239 feet (rounded estimate) in the air.

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There are doubts as to whether this is actually true (the record or the authenticity of shot itself). Exercise your own gavel. How many times did this take to convert? No matter. Kyle Singler. You’ve been one-upped. Your move.

H/T SportsGrid

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