When you’re one of the worst teams in basketball, the season can be long, punishing and unforgiving, leaving little incentive to put forth your best effort nightly. That’s why it’s wonderful to see Tyreke Evans stick a 50-foot jumper at the buzzer to give the Kings a 100-98 win over the Grizzlies last night.
Of course, the sheer ridiculousness of the play is also pretty awesome. After O.J. Mayo knocks down a difficult fadeaway jumper (a shot that would have made an excellent highlight in it’s own right), Evans gets the ball behind half court, takes two dribbles, and nails one of the more miraculous shots in NBA history. The only longer shot at the fourth quarter buzzer I can recall is Jerry West’s famous jumper to beat the Knicks in the 1970 NBA Finals and that shot wasn’t the game-winner. Tyreke’s shot stands in a class of its own.
And, we should spare a smile for Donte Green. The man sprung off the bench with the shot still in the air and was almost in the paint before it dropped through the net. To top it all off, he joins Tyreke on top of the scorers table to celebrate the victory. The pure joy and faith in what Donte did is special, especially when he’s playing for a terrible team with no grander hope for the future. But for one night, Evans, Green and the rest of the Kings were on top of the basketball world.