Steven Adams hit the most casual buzzer-beater in NBA history against the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder big man heaved a one-handed, three-quarter court shot to beat the first-half buzzer and put his team up by eight heading into the locker room.
Adams celebrated the improbable shot — the first three-pointer in his seven-year NBA career — by holding his follow through and shimmying as the ball fell through the net.
The 26-year-old New Zealander finished the night with 11 points and 11 rebounds in Oklahoma City’s 123-118 victory over Zion Williamson and company.
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Steven Adams is one of the more serious stars in the NBA, but even he couldn’t stop himself from hitting the shimmy after draining the most casual buzzer-beater in league history.
With the clock winding down on the first half and his team up by five on the new-look New Orleans Pelicans, the Oklahoma City Thunder center chucked up a one-handed football-style heave at the basket from multiple feet behind the Pelicans logo at center court.
He held his follow-through as the buzzer sounded and, as the ball fell through the net, the ordinarily reserved big man broke out a wide-armed shimmy in celebration.
Steven Adams drilled a one-handed half court buzzer-beater before the half and then hit the shimmy. What a legend 😭
(➡️ @Kia) pic.twitter.com/VlqdQCeSF8
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 14, 2020
As it turns out, the wild shot was Adams’ first three-pointer in his seven-year NBA career.
And even though Adams seemed calm, cool, and collected throughout the big-time play, the 26-year-old New Zealander admitted that he was really, really pumped after hitting his first shot from range.
“We had a competition yesterday, half-court shots amongst the lads,” Adams said postgame. “I ended up winning that one because I did the exact same shot. I don’t know. It just managed to go in today. As you could tell, I was hyped. After the shot went in, I kind of blacked out.”
Adams recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds against Zion Williamson and company. And despite the rookie superstar’s 32-point, six-rebound effort, the Thunder came away with a 123-118 victory and Adams finished with a perfect night from beyond the arc.
Here’s the unbelievable Hail Mary, one more time, for good measure:
When Steven Adams makes his first career three-pointer, you look at THE SHOT again from every angle.
Way to go, @RealStevenAdams! #ThunderUp | @okcthunder pic.twitter.com/kqAWKxZTAA
— FOX Sports Oklahoma (@FOXSportsOK) February 14, 2020
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