From deep! The incredible 56-foot overarm buzzer-beater that landed Oklahoma City Thunder star Steven Adams his first EVER three-point shot in the NBA
- Steven Adams became Oklahoma City Thunder’s unlikely hero this week
- The huge 6ft 11′ centre left mouths agape with a 56-foot buzzer-beating effort
- Adams milked the moment and danced for the crowd as team-mates went wild
- The effort goes down as Adams’ first ever three-point shot in the NBA
Steven Adams became Oklahoma City Thunder’s unlikely hero against the New Orleans Pelicans after nailing a highlight reel worthy buzzer-beater from 56 feet.
The huge 6ft 11′ centre left mouths agape inside the Smoothie King Center after producing the piece of magic to steer his side on course to victory.
Picking the ball up some 56-feet away from the opposition basket, Adams sauntered out with the ball as the buzzer rapidly approached the end of the second quarter.
Steven Adams became Oklahoma City Thunder’s unlikely hero with the most audacious effort
The huge 6ft 11′ centre nonchalantly shaped up to take on a 56-foot overarm buzzer-beater
With a flick of the wrist Adams effort immediately began to hone in on the basket
As the buzzer timed out the basket swished and the Smoothie King Center erupted
Displaying complete nonchalance, the 26-year-old New Zealander eyed up the target and within seconds both plotted and executed the audacious effort.
With a flick of the wrists the ball took flight, with Adams seen leering forward on the spot after realising his attempt was rapidly honing in on the jackpot.
As the ball entered the basket flush, the arena exploded in celebration. Quite remarkably the attempt would go down as Adams’ first ever three-point shot in the NBA.
Soaking up the moment, Adams danced for the crowd while team-mates quickly hurried across court to mob him.
The Thunder went on the win the game 123-118, improving their record to 33-22 and maintaining their sixth position in the Western Conference.
Adams was amused by his half-ending three from beyond half-court, as he’d made a similar shot to win a half-court shooting competition at the end of practice a day earlier.
With his large frame and defensive prowess, Adams typically finds himself on the opposite end of shooting duties, allowing the considerably smaller and faster guards to take the honour.
‘I ended up winning that one because I did exactly the same shot,’ Adams said in the aftermath of the tie.
‘As you could tell, I was pumped. After the shot went in, I kind of blacked out. I kind of seen what I had done. I was doing a shimmy. I don’t know. Alter ego coming out, mate.’
Adams, now in his seventh season, came in 0 for 9 in his career from 3-point range.