The first expression is one of astonishment and then a single qualifier may appear: "Impressive." The NBA is the league in which all these things
The first expression is one of astonishment and then a single qualifier may appear: “Impressive.” The NBA is the league in which all these things become almost commonplace. And what happened in the Thunder house will remain to be remembered. Devonte graham he scored the longest winning pitch in NBA history, according to data from the Basketball Reference. The New Orleans point guard converted from 19 meters on the buzzer to give his team a 113-110 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The closure between Pelicans and Thunders was already presented as a real madness. Everything seemed resolved and the game headed for an extension with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s forced triple that tied at 110. However, with 1.4 seconds left, there was still one more real bomb. “Josh Hart passed it to me and I let it fly.” That was Graham’s expression about a play that is already NBA history.
The incredible shot represented New Orleans’ ninth win of the season and fifth on the road and set an unofficial NBA record with his 3-pointer shooting more than 19 meters from the basket according to Second Spectrum. According to the Basketball reference, there are records of other long shots, but none from that distance. In 1986, Julius Erving had scored a triple from 16 meters from the rim for the Philadelphia 76ers to beat the Dallas Mavericks 123-120.
In addition, there are marks of two other throws from 15 meters away: from Belus Smawley in 1948 and another from Tyreke Evans in 2010. “When I was in Kansas I was practicing shooting from the middle of the court, in games, practice. For me it was a game, I didn’t think I would be in a situation like this. It ended up paying off, ”Graham said.
Oklahoma player Kenrich Williams tried to pressure Graham on that last shot, but said: “I didn’t want to foul, make a stupid play. I just tried to show my hands. I knew he was going to try to shoot. And he entered, so you have to take your hat off to him ”.
The reaction of the Oklahoma bank when seeing the success of the Pelicans player shows what such a launch represented. No one was left in the stadium unsurprised by this sheer madness of Graham.