On November 20, 2019 Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons landed his first NBA three-pointer and despatched social media into meltdown.
The Australian was 0-17 from behind the arc in his two-plus seasons within the league earlier than tasting success, and he is solely gone on to sink yet another this season.
On Thursday night time in New Orleans, he was upstaged by a rival from throughout the ditch.
Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s Kiwi middle Steven Adams capped off a strong efficiency (11 factors, 11 rebounds, three blocks) by draining a half-court shot proper on the halftime buzzer within the 123-118 win over the Pelicans.
Up 63-58 with 3.Three seconds left on the clock within the second interval, OKC’s guard Chris Paul inbounded the ball to Adams and took off up in the direction of half-court.
Paul fed the ball again to the rolling large man who, with a easy flick of the wrist, tossed the ball in the direction of the rim from 56 ft and watched because the ball cleanly swished via the web.
It was the primary three-pointer of Adams’ profession and he celebrated it with a quick, smiling shimmy earlier than jogging with teammates down the tunnel to the locker room.
Adams was amused by his half-ending three as a result of he’d made the same shot to win a half-court taking pictures competitors on the finish of apply a day earlier.
“I ended up profitable that one as a result of I did precisely the identical shot,” Adams mentioned.
“As you can inform, I used to be pumped. After the shot went in, I type of blacked out. I type of seen what I had achieved. I used to be doing a shimmy. I do not know. Alter ego popping out, mate.”
Adams, now in his seventh season, got here in 0-9 in his profession from three-point vary. His first make from deep additionally resulted in one of the crucial unlikely of Paul’s 9,542 profession assists.
“Our workforce is a really enjoyable, collectively workforce. So, to see that, that was a particular second,” Paul mentioned.