Horry Scale: Duel of Miracles in Oklahoma City

A reminder on The Horry Scale: It breaks down a winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) into the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or late at that time?), Importance (playoff game) or garden-variety evening in November?) and the party. Then we give it an overall rating on a scale of 1 to 5 Robert Horrys, named after the patron saint of prayers answered at the last second.

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According to Basketball Reference, the Pelicans won Wednesday’s game against the Thunder with the 793rd buzzer-beater in NBA history. Of those 793 winners, none have gone further than Devonte ‘Graham’s 61-foot uprising at Chesapeake Energy Arena, surpassing the unofficial 55-foot mark of Denver’s Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in 1992. Making the shot historic Even more notable Graham, he was preceded by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 30-foot attack to tie the game at 110-110 just 1.4 seconds before, forcing the Pelicans to run all over the pitch with no downtime to win it. . Graham said the Pelicans have a real play appeal for such situations.

Fittingly, the play is called “Vegas”.

“I almost pulled the ball out but I was like no I’m trying to pick one up,” said Graham, whose pre-game routine includes a midfield shot as the clock goes on. warm-up ends. “So I told Josh (Hart) to take it off, and I just let it fly. I saw it go by, and I’m like, ‘Oh man, he’s got a chance.’ When he’s got it. walked in, I just ran like crazy.

DIFFICULTY: The highest. It goes without saying that the further away from the bucket, the more difficult it is to make shots. But that’s why players throw shots at the end of quarters / halves / games – you never know when you’re going to get lucky and beat the odds.

“There’s a chance that’s going to come in,” Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas said, “and it happened today.”

PLAYING SITUATION: The Pelicans could at least count on overtime security if Graham’s uprising had failed. Indeed, they were fortunate enough to have escaped a whistle on Gilgeous-Alexander’s shot, when Garrett Temple came dangerously close to a shooting foul trying to put the Thunder guard on the front line. that he cannot hoist it. But Graham kept his cool and was rewarded when his long shot failed in the glass. And no, he didn’t call him.

PARTY: An exhilarating mix of shock and exhilaration. Graham said after the game: “I’ve watched it four times, and it’s going to be another 400 tonight.”


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