Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas hit a three-quarter court buzzer beater off the rim, off the shot clock and in to beat the halftime buzzer, but it didn't count. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Roughly one week after joining the Orlando Magic via trade from the Washington Wizards, guard Gilbert Arenas likely just hit the team's shot of the year. Given the fluky circumstances and the degree of difficulty, Arenas's halftime buzzer beater against the New Jersey Nets on Monday night could be the NBA's shot of the year, but unfortunately it didn't count.
The Magic inbounded the ball to Arenas with roughly one second left on the clock, and Arenas, standing roughly 80 feet from the hoop, flipped a shot with both hands from his waist. The halftime buzzer sounded as the ball was in the air, and his attempt clanked off the front rim and bounced high in the air, its momentum carrying it towards the shot clock. The ball then bounced once cleanly off the shot clock, and dropped through the basket, causing the net to swish perfectly. The crowd reacted in awe, and Arenas and his Magic team celebrated, but it was all for naught.
The game officials correctly ruled that the ball was out of bounds as soon as it hit the shot clock. This nullified the three-point basket and, since the buzzer had already sounded, ended the half. Arenas and teammate Hedo Turkoglu protested the call briefly, but Magic coach Stan Van Gundy intervened, shooing his players into the visitor's locker room.
Here's the video of the remarkable shot.
Arenas' heave was straight out of the famous McDonalds commercial from the 1990s starring Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.