Watch Steven Adams hit the most casual three-quarter-court buzzer-beater in NBA history

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It turns out the improbable shot — which Steven Adams celebrated with a shimmy — was the big man's first career made three-pointer.
It turns out the improbable shot — which Steven Adams celebrated with a shimmy — was the big man's first career made three-pointer.

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  • Steven Adams hit the most casual buzzer-beater in NBA history against the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday night.

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder big man heaved a one-handed, three-quarter court shot to beat the first-half buzzer and put his team up by eight heading into the locker room.

  • Adams celebrated the improbable shot — the first three-pointer in his seven-year NBA career — by holding his follow through and shimmying as the ball fell through the net.

  • The 26-year-old New Zealander finished the night with 11 points and 11 rebounds in Oklahoma City's 123-118 victory over Zion Williamson and company.

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Steven Adams is one of the more serious stars in the NBA, but even he couldn't stop himself from hitting the shimmy after draining the most casual buzzer-beater in league history.

With the clock winding down on the first half and his team up by five on the new-look New Orleans Pelicans, the Oklahoma City Thunder center chucked up a one-handed football-style heave at the basket from multiple feet behind the Pelicans logo at center court.

He held his follow-through as the buzzer sounded and, as the ball fell through the net, the ordinarily reserved big man broke out a wide-armed shimmy in celebration.

As it turns out, the wild shot was Adams' first three-pointer in his seven-year NBA career.

And even though Adams seemed calm, cool, and collected throughout the big-time play, the 26-year-old New Zealander admitted that he was really, really pumped after hitting his first shot from range.

"We had a competition yesterday, half-court shots amongst the lads," Adams said postgame. "I ended up winning that one because I did the exact same shot. I don't know. It just managed to go in today. As you could tell, I was hyped. After the shot went in, I kind of blacked out."

Adams recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds against Zion Williamson and company. And despite the rookie superstar's 32-point, six-rebound effort, the Thunder came away with a 123-118 victory and Adams finished with a perfect night from beyond the arc.

Here's the unbelievable Hail Mary, one more time, for good measure:

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