Time seemingly stood still for a few seconds of Monday’s nerve-rattling overtime in the Heat’s playoff game against Toronto, when Dwyane Wade launched a shot that never came down.
With the Heat ahead by four and 59 seconds left in OT, Wade lofted a finger roll that settled in its final resting spot, atop the back iron.
It’s a highly unusual circumstance, one that Goran Dragic said he had never seen before in his life.
The NBA handles that situation by allowing each team to select a player on its own team for a jump ball at half court. Toronto’s Patrick Patterson won the ensuing jump ball against the Heat’s Luol Deng.
“I expect that to happen on the road, but not at home,” Wade said. “I’m going to try that next time I’m in the gym and see if I can do that again. I have no idea how that ball stayed right there. I was shocked. When I let it go I said, ‘This is a six-point lead.’ The game wanted to continue to keep playing.”
Dragic mused that “if someone would open the door in the arena, it would probably blow in. It’s just one of those unfortunate shots. [Wade] drove the ball well, shot it well and the ball just stopped on the rim.”
Said Heat forward Justise Winslow: “I wanted to slap the backboard, but that’s probably illegal. [It is.] We usually have a good connection, me and the ball, but not today.”