2009-10 NBA Season | Josh Smith’s Game Winning Buzzer Beater DunkCategory: Basketball
Josh Smith is widely considered as one of the most athletic NBA players today.
Possessing a vertical leap of 40 inches, he is one of the best shot blockers in history even though he is only 6’9″. In fact, on February 2, 2010 against the Oklahoma City Thunders, Smith became the youngest and fastest player (at 24 years old) to block 1,000 shots.
He can also jump high in the air to make slam dunks with the best of them as proven with him being crowned the 2005 NBA Slam Dunk champion.
However, his athleticism was best put into use during a game against the Orlando Magic today.
After Vince Carter hit a long 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds left to tie it at 84, the Atlanta Hawks — out of timeouts — rushed down the court to set up Joe Johnson for the potential winning shot. He drove the baseline and put up a one-hander, which bounced off the far side of the rim.
Soaring into the air, Josh Smith grabbed the rebound and made a one-handed putback dunk to secure the win 86-84.
The game officials reviewed the game tape thoroughly to make sure and it clearly showed that Smith made the dunk with the slimmest of time left; only 0.1 second left in the shot clock. It was not actually the first time for him to make a buzzer-beater dunk as he also did it against the Houston Rockets last November 20, 2009.
Because of the win, the Hawks were guaranteed a playoff berth and will be entering the postseason for the third consecutive time this 2009-10 NBA season.
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