Russell Westbrook Inbounds Ball Off Defender to Himself, Then Nails Ridiculous Buzzer-Beater (Video)
On Sunday night, with 0.7 seconds to go before halftime and the Thunder trailing the Jazz by 15 points, coach Billy Donovan decided to use his final 20-second timeout to draw up a play. The likelihood of the Thunder actually scoring was slim, but he was going to lose the timeout anyway, so why not try? If by some chance the Thunder did score, they’d have some much needed momentum heading into the second half.
Of course, whatever play Donovan drew up did not work. But he did have improvisational basketball genius Russell Westbrook inbounding the ball. So when the play broke down, Westbrook just banked the ball off the back of Utah’s Rodney Hood, caught it, turned, and got a shot off right before the buzzer sounded.
It was the kind of play kids make up in their driveways. Only it was an actual NBA basketball game. So Westbrook only got one chance to make the shot. Which he did.
Take a look:
On the scoresheet that looks like an ordinary mid-range jumper that did nothing but turn a 15-point lead into a 13-point lead.
In actuality, that ridiculous buzzer-beater sparked the Thunder to a huge comeback. After the break they went on a blazing 25-7 run, then they held on for a 104-98 overtime win.
Your move, Steph Curry.