An inbounds play with less than a second on the clock is very unlikely to succeed. The offensive team must run a play that finds someone in a position to shoot pretty much immediately and with a decent chance of getting a bucket. There’s a reason most buzzer-beaters show players going pulling up for jumpers — it’s just very, very difficult to create something from an inbounds play in so little time.
The key moment in the play is the screen by James Ennis, who takes out two defenders to free up Gasol for the 108-107 win. The winner gave Gasol 19 points for the night, one shy of Carter’s team-high 20. VC was far from the only player to contribute off the Memphis bench — it out-scored the Denver reserves 55-25.
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