Gerald Henderson Salvages Crazy Possession with Shot-Clock Beating Game Winner
The Charlotte Bobcats were trailing the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 101-99 when they crossed midcourt with 26 seconds remaining. Henderson proceeded to drive the lane, only for the ball to be knocked loose.
Bismack Biyombo proceeded to dive and save the ball from going out of bounds, thus throwing it back in to Kemba Walker.
The frenzy didn't end there, as Walker had the ball poked away and was forced to chase it back across midcourt. Kemba then found Henderson, who worked pure and utter basketball magic.
Henderson crossed up Ricky Rubio, pump faked Andrei Kirilenko and got an off-balance shot off from well beyond the three-point line. Henderson not only beat the shot clock, but he also took down the Timberwolves.
With a Kemba Walker block on the final possession, it was a 102-101 Bobcats win:
Kemba Walker blocks JJ Barea at the buzzer. Bobcats win 102-101, end 16-game home losing streak.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) January 27, 2013
Clutch, clutch, clutch.
We may have to retract that statement after seeing Henderson's shot:
That Bobcats' possession may have topped Kyrie.— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) January 27, 2013
What a finish.
It's only fitting that the Bobcats were forced to win in such a difficult manner, as victories have been tough to come by in Charlotte. After starting out at 7-5, the Bobcats have since lost 27 of their past 31 games.
That fourth win may just be what they need to turn this season around.
If not, then at least they have this moment to hold on to. It'll certainly be one that Henderson and the Charlotte faithful never forget.
Making something out of nothing, folks. A true optimist's way of winning.
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