The next time that someone tells you the NBA is boring, make them watch this ending to the Utah Jazz-Sacramento Kings game from Tuesday night.
It was one of the greatest conclusions to a game – not just for this year, but for the last several years.
It really was an ending that has to be seen to be believed and will be talked about for some time.
Additionally, it will bring a lot of pride for some fans and a lot of pain for others.
The end of the Kings-Jazz game was insane. 😮💨
— theScore (@theScore) January 4, 2023
You couldn’t have written a better ending.
Lauri’s Long Shot
It all started with everything tied up at 115-115.
De’Aaron Fox, who was on a tear all night, made his way to the basket with just 8.6 seconds left.
He somehow got the shot off and put the Kings up by 2, with just .4 seconds left.
You would think that would be the end of the game but the Jazz were quick and ready to go.
Lauri Markkanen rushed to the end of the court and was prepared for a deep inbound pass, which he immediately sent to the rim.
And it went in, seemingly tying the game again and sending it into overtime.
The shot was eventually called off by the refs upon review.
Footage showed that the ball had not left Markkanen’s hands when the buzzer sounded.
Still, the entire final seconds of the game were incredible to watch and perhaps the most exciting we’ve seen all year.
They also showed the star power and potential of both Fox and Markkanen.
These two guys have been showing up all season and are playing the best ball of their careers.
After years of not being given the proper recognition, they are now the faces of their teams and being spoken of as possible All-Stars.
In just 8 seconds, these two NBA players gave fans something to talk about for days to come.