2014 NBA Summer League Game Finishes with Wild Sudden-Death Ending

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2014

The excitement of sudden death in sports is tough to top. Basketball fans found that out over the weekend.

An NBA Summer League game between the Atlanta Hawks and the D-League Select team featured the rarest ending in basketball: sudden death.

The two teams were tied at 88 at the end of regulation, and both teams scored four points in the first overtime. That set up a sudden-death scenario in double overtime.

Sudden death? In basketball?

Here's the official Summer League rule from NBA.com: The second overtime period (or any overtime period thereafter) is sudden death (first team to score a point wins).

Knowing that the next basket ended the game, both teams were determined to not let the other side score. The effort was incredible to watch.

Thanks to a steal, the D-League Select team pulled out a 94-92 victory.

[NBA, h/t Next Impulse Sports]

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