The only way to make this one more memorable? Slow it all the way down with the NBA's Phantom Cam. The twists and turns of Parker's aborted drive become all the more heart-pounding and his cheeky fakes to elude LeBron James look that much more creative in super slow-motion.
“It was a crazy play,” Parker said, after the Spurs defeated the Heat 92-88 in Miami. “I thought I lost the ball three or four times. And it didn’t work out like I wanted it to. At the end I was just trying to get a shot up. It felt good when it left my hand. I was happy it went in.”
James added: “Tony did everything wrong and did everything right in the same possession. He stumbled two or three times, he fell over… he got up and went under my arm. I got a great contest and he even double-pumped and barely got it off. That was the longest 24 seconds that I’ve been a part of.”
Parker, the 2007 Finals MVP, finished with 21 points, six assists and zero turnovers in 40 minutes. Game 2 is set for Sunday at American Airlines Arena before the series shifts to San Antonio for Game 3 on Tuesday.