- The Phoenix Suns beat the Memphis Grizzliers, 99-97, on a buzzer-beating alley-oop.
- The play came on an inbounds pass from Dragen Bender to Tyson Chandler with 0.6 seconds to go.
- The announcer even called the lob pass.
The Phoenix Suns won a thriller at the buzzer against the Memphis Grizzlies and the announcer even called it.
With 0.6 seconds to play, the game was tied, 97-97, and the Suns were tasked with inbounding the ball from the side. In what turned out to be a prescient call, the announcer said, “don’t discount the lob to Tyson Chandler,” who was left in a one-on-one situation under the basket.
Sure enough, Dragen Bender delivered a perfect pass, intentionally shooting towards the basket, and Chandler slammed it home for the buzzer-beating win.
Chandler might have, kinda, sorta, pushed off. But let’s not let that get in the way of a brilliant finish.
There was also a lot of buzz about whether or not Chandler committed basket interference (i.e. the offense’s version of goaltending) by touching the ball while it was above the rim. According to the NBA rules, it can only be basket interference if the original shot would have counted. In this case, it was an inbounds pass, which would not have counted if it had gone in.
Here is the replay.