Andrei Kirilenko Video: So Close And Yet So Far
This Andre Kirilenko video shows a man who went from hero to goat in the span of about 1.2 seconds.
On their home court—and only a week removed from dealing away their best player—the Jazz seemed headed for another loss, their eighth in nine games.
The Jazz trailed equally superstar-less Denver 103-98 with just five seconds remaining.
But Jazz guard Devin Harris—one of the players received from New Jersey in exchange for All-Star Deron Williams—nailed a 25-foot three pointer to cut the Nuggets lead to just two.
Harris finished the game with four three-pointers and 21 points.
Still, the Jazz were behind by a bucket with 1.2 seconds remaining and didn't have the ball.
Then, on the inbound underneath his own basket, the Nuggets Kenyon Martin made a sloppy pass which Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko nabbed with two hands.
"My brain stopped working," Martin said afterward.
With barely enough time remaining, Kirilenko surged towards the hoop and laid the ball towards the hoop.
"As soon as he lose the ball, I know I have to go right to the basket," the Russian-born Kirilenko said. "But his hand was on the ball. It wasn't foul, but just the play I didn't really get the ball. I tried to finish it without it, but just got caught in transition."
But he totally muffed the easy shot, which didn't even hit the front rim and bounced back in his hands. AK-47 was able to then bank the put-back off the backboard, but by then time had expired, the shot didn't count, and the game was over.
"Unfortunately, it was a pretty good play," said Kirilenko, who scored 12 points but also turned the ball over five times. "But if I would've been able to finish, it would've been nicer."