How the Hell Did That Shot Go in?

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2013

How the Hell Did That Shot Go in?

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    If you're anything like me, than you probably really like seeing trick shots.

    Watching someone do something that makes my jaw drop because I could never in my right mind even attempt it is pretty dope.

    As cool as trick shots are, though, shots that leave the Internet abuzz and speechless because there's no explanation of how it went in might be even cooler—especially when they come in competitive games.

    That's why I'm giving you the most outrageous shots ever, leaving you with one simple question: "How the hell did that go in?"

Straight Kickin' It

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    Not quite sure this is how the play was designed to work, but hey, if winning a game happens to come from an opposing player kicking the ball in, so be it.

    Normally, kicking a basketball doesn't turn out too great. But this one was a perfect 10.

Double-Pump Buzzer-Beater

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    There have been a few instances where we've seen players try and run the clock out by just tossing the ball as high or far away as they can, hoping that time expires before something nearly impossible happens.

    Former Washington Wizards player Michael Ruffin just didn't get lucky in his attempt.

    The Toronto Raptors' Morris Peterson tracked it down, sunk this desperation bucket and, well, as they say, the rest is history.

Standing Isn't Required

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    Who says that you need to use your two feet in order to make a basket?

    Whether it's standing flat-footed or using your hooves to get a little air under yourself for a jump shot, Damian Buckley of Concordia ignored all those "rules" and buried this no-look kneeling trey.

    This is impressive in a game of H.O.R.S.E., so doing it in a game with the clock running down is absolutely no easy task.

'The Most Unbelievable Shot I've Ever Seen in My Life'

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    It's rare to find anyone who can even come close to hitting a three-quarter court shot, so when this kid does just that, I completely understand the near heart attack by the commentator.

    Like, seriously, just stand on the opposite foul line and see how far it really is, and then you might realize how difficult this shot really was.

The Deflector

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    You've probably heard the saying, "the hand is quicker than the eye." In this case, it proves to be true—unfortunately, at the leisure of the New Jersey Devils.

    After taking a shot that deflected off his pads, then the boards, then his pads again, Devils netminder Martin Brodeur saw one of the weirdest goals he'll ever give up trickle across the blue line.

One Major Curveball

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    While the goal I just mentioned against Martin Brodeur was unlucky, just imagine being this poor goalie that had this happen to him.

    After his defender tried doing exactly as he was supposed to do—clear the ball up the wings from danger—a hard-charging opposing player took the ball right off his boot and somehow created the gnarliest curve on a soccer ball ever, floating it over the goalie's head.

The 90-Foot Buzzer-Beater

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    I'm seriously speechless each time I see this shot from a sectional final high school game that some kid named Casey Weber nailed.

    The title of this article is, "How the hell did that shot go in?" and that's about all I ever ask myself when he nailed this 90-foot buzzer-beater.

    Even the camera guy had trouble keeping up with the path of the ball because it was so unlikely to go in.

Devin Harris' Improbable Heave

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    It's probably safe to say that even former New Jersey Nets guard Devin Harris would admit that his prayer was answered when he saw this shot go in, because there's no way in hell he could have drawn this one up.

    After getting the ball deflected out of his hands on a last-second half-court launch, Harris was somehow able to control himself enough to get off a shot that is still mind-blowing to me—and it actually went in!

Just Tap It In

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    When the clock is against a player, sometimes all he can do is get enough strength on a shot to hope it actually makes it to the rim.

    That seems to have been what happened here to then Dallas Mavericks guard Darren Collison, who was somehow able to make a shot that he seemingly punched out of the air.

    Seeing that it tied the game at the buzzer just makes this one even more ridiculous.

A Real Head-Butt

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    Man, it must really suck to have been the kid who knocked this ball into the hoop.

    It's not just that he got nailed in the head by a basketball—which absolutely doesn't feel good—but then he was forced to see the other team actually get points on the board because of it.

    If you've never seen anything like this before, it's basically because it's just about impossible.

Double-Pump One-Hander

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    I've always been one to give credit where credit's due, and Long Beach Poly's Alex Carmon definitely earns himself some by burying this half-court shot at the buzzer for his fellow Jackrabbits.

    As one would imagine after such a crazy shot, the fans were in complete shock, celebrating as if they had just won the national title or something.

Behind the Back, off the Net and in

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    Just trying to do his part in keeping the basketball from going out of bounds, this kid probably didn't think that he'd end up with a couple points next to his name in the box score when he let this one fly.

    Getting trapped by the bottom of the net, the ball got pushed upwards to and through the rim for one of the most ridiculous buckets I've ever seen.

No Look Volley

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    It always seems like everyone tries an over-the-head no-look shot while playing a game of H.O.R.S.E, but when does anyone even attempt that shot in real life?

    How about at the end of a quarter with little time on the clock?

    That's what Donte' Foster of Guthrie High School did to end the first quarter of a game a few years ago, seeming to do it as easily as he nonchalantly walked off the court and to his bench.

    Umm, dude, you know this shot isn't easy to make, right?

Take a Knee

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    Just like the shot I showed earlier of the player who took a knee to hit a no-look basket, this one by then Murray State player Isaiah Canaan was done without the use—or need—of standing on his two feet.

    Canaan somehow stayed cool under pressure, scooping the loose ball and draining a shot from near half court.

    Yeah, I'm still unsure of how it found nylon.

Rider or Die with This Prayer

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    Former NBA player—and 1994 NBA Slam Dunk Contest champ—Isaiah Rider may not have had the career many foresaw when he came into the league as the fifth overall pick in the 1993 draft, but that doesn't mean he still didn't have some good moments.

    While winning the dunk contest was by far the highlight of his nine seasons in the league, this shot he had against the Sacramento Kings has to be up there as well, because with 100 more attempts, he may not make another one.

The New Rochelle Shot

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    I've made numerous references to this shot by Khalil Edney of New Rochelle High School during the New York State Section I Class AA title game—and I just couldn't help but give it another mention.

    Described by SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy as potentially being "the buzzer-beater of all time,” it's easy to see why it makes a strong case after watching it again and again, because it's simply insane.

Bringing It 'Back'

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    It's not that then Minnesota high school player Blake Hoffarber just sank an improbable shot from his back to beat the clock. It's that his shot was during the high school state title game, and it actually sent the game into a second overtime, where his Hopkins High School team prevailed.

    Talk about being at the right place at the right time—Hoffarber actually had an improbable shot happen twice in his basketball career.

Down the Wire

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    Wait, does this basket actually count?

    After being tossed nearly the entire length of the court, the ball somehow clanks off the back iron and down a wire that's holding up the hoop, dropping straight through the net for a trey.

    Saying this is a one-in-a-million shot is probably an understatement—regardless if it actually counted or not.

Behind the Back, While Falling out of Bounds

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    Being labeled as a shot "of legends," Virginia high school basketball player Marvey'o Otey might have wrapped up the award for the toughest basketball shot ever when he buried this three-pointer in a game just last week.

    Falling out of bounds is one thing. But seeing how Otey found himself closer to the concession stand outside of the entire gym when the ball went through the net is something that makes this shot even nuttier.

    It's too bad he wasn't able to see the outcome from out there, though.

Bounce It In

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    With just a matter of a few lucky bounces, Colorado high school basketball player Anna Olson went from having one of the most embarrassing attempts at a buzzer-beater to one of the most miraculous basketball shots ever.

    Honestly, after seeing this ball bounce up as high as it did after her near three-quarter attempt, it's like the thing hit an extra piece of rubber or something to find its way into the hoop.

    It might not be a high-percentage attempt, but it worked out pretty darn well for Olson.