This was outright insanity.
There have been several exciting finishes throughout the NBA so far in the 2022-23 season, but none of them compare to the absolute craziness that took place in Atlanta during the Hawks’ 123-122 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. And with how truly drunk this ending was, I highly doubt any finish for the rest of the campaign will top it, despite there being four months’ worth of games still left on the schedule.
To get us into overtime, Chicago was down by one point with just 0.4 ticks left on the clock. Derrick Jones Jr., who went to the line for the Bulls, only hit one of his two free throw shots to have the game tied. All hell broke loose in OT, with three lead changes taking place in the last second of play. Atlanta’s AJ Griffin ultimately tossed in a game-winning shot (while spinning) right before the buzzer sounded.
As for the three lead changes that took place in the last second of overtime: Atlanta took a 121-119 lead with just 1.0 second left on the clock after Trae Young hit a jump shot, and then just half a tick later at the 0.5 mark, the Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan pulled three from the line to give his team the 122-121 edge. Then, to close things out with the third and final lead change, Griffin hit the 123-122 game-winner with no time left on the clock.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) December 12, 2022
You know how I always talk about crash content and how I love it so much?
This is another one of those times.
And what a way for AJ Griffin to redeem the Atlanta Hawks after Trae Young embarrassed the whole team Dec. 7 by wearing “King of Broadway” shoes to Madison Square Garden, only for the Hawks to get blown out by the New York Knicks. After that travesty, the team needed something to make everybody re-affiliate them with “average never-winning, sometimes-get-to-the-playoffs-and-do-crazy-shit-but-still-never-win” basketball. (RELATED: Philadelphia 76ers Suffered A Painful Double-Overtime Loss And James Harden Acted Funny About It)
This was it.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Atlanta. I love Georgia. I even named my oldest daughter after the Peach State, and on top of that, my family and I call her “Peach.”
But let’s be real: this is so Atlanta Hawks basketball.
Impress us with hype, just to get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in April.
Don’t be mad at me, ATL. You know I love you guys. (Go Braves!)