Seriously, how many times can this happen? Weren't the first 7 times enough? Out of all the game-winners I've been a part of this season, this had to be the most improbable. Down one, with 1.8 seconds left, the Nets had to go the full length of the court, and put the ball in the hoop to get the win. Somehow Devin Harris found a way to do just that.
The ball was inbounded to a running-Harris, he took a couple dribbles, got bumped by Iguodala, fumbled the ball, ended up throwing up a 50-foot prayer only to see it hit nothing but net.
My initial reaction was, "There's no way all of that happened in just 1.8 seconds!" Then I saw the replay, and realized that the ball had left his hand less than a milli-second before the "red light" came on. Unbelievable. Being the pessimistic, broken fan that I was, I proceeded to rewind the tape to "the play" to find out if it really was 1.8 second between Harris catching the ball and releasing it. After further review, it was actually 2.0 seconds. 0.2 seconds cost the Sixers the game, but it's nothing to complain about. The clock is always going to start a couple of milli-seconds early or a couple of milli-seconds late. That's just the way the ball bounces. When I first rewound the tape, I expected the time difference to be near a full second. That wasn't the case; therefore I'm not going to dwell on it.
Harris should have never had that opportunity in the first place. Once again, the Sixers failed to do the "little things", and it cost them yet another game.
23-37 from the free throw line is the only stat you need to know from this game.
I'm still in utter shock over what just happened.
Tonight's half-court, buzzer-beater by Devin Harris marks the 8th time this season the Sixers have lost in the final 20 seconds. 8 times! That's the difference between a 27-28 record and a 34-21 record. I used to think it was bad luck, but maybe the Sixers are just too young and too experienced to get it done in close games -- from the head coach, down to the players.
I actually planned on missing the entire game tonight, and now I wish I would have. I ended up making a Willis Reed-like appearance in the second quarter. I only missed the first quarter and half of the second. One of our posters, jmorcate, was kind enough to chime in with his first quarter thoughts.
- Great quick move by Thad early in the game, similar to when he blew by Udonis Haslem before the break.
- Good intensity by Sam: 2 putbacks, FT line J, outlet pass to iggy more than 1/2 court length, a couple FTs.
- Green was 4-5, 1-1 from 3. He had 7 of the first 9.
- Still not defending at the arc(which was obvious just from the boxscore): Harris 2-3, Yi 1-1, but very good defense otherwise forcing 4 turnovers.
- Good passing in the half-court and on the break, led by Miller (10 assists on 13 FGs, only 1 TO being Iggys charge on the isolation play with 2.5 seconds left)
- Nothing bad to say except for the 3point defense
- Lou-Will: -9
- Reggie Evans: -13
- Royal Ivey: -14
I hate to re-live bad memories, but for you innocent bystanders out there, feel our pain!
First 7 game-winners
(HD) Dirk Nowitzki Game Winner vs Sixers January 19 2009 (via NBASeason2009)
Tony Parker game-winning shot over 76ers (Jan. 3, 2009) (via JP8942)
Rashard Lewis Game Winning Three Pointer!! Magic Vs Sixers! (via Cowboys420)
Ray Allen Game Winner vs 76ers! 2-3-09 (via NewEnglandSportsDude)
tj ford game winner vs sixers 12-20-08 (via flyasfuk123)
Brook Lopez Putback Dunk VS Sixers 1-31-09 (via QuickcutLA)
Kenyon Martin Game Winning Dunk 12/26/08 vs Sixers (via NBASeason2009)