A Suns fan named Tim Boven hit a halfcourt shot to win $77,777 during the second quarter of Phoenix's 112-88 victory over New York at the US Airways Center on Friday night.
It seems like it's been awhile since we've seen any money-making halfcourt heroics, but Boven made no mistake on this noe. Setting up behind the line with his feet square, Boven opted against a running approach, instead bending low to get up a strong push shot from his waist.
The flight of the ball was as pure as it gets, and the shot found its mark, setting off a celebration that included Phoenix's Gorilla mascot and the team's cheerleaders. The 28-year-old Boven then took a victory lap through the Suns huddle, where he was greeted by high fives from Gerald Green and Archie Goodwin, among others.
"Right after they asked [to shoot the halfcourt shot] I was shaking like crazy, I had to take a walk," Boven told Fox Sports Arizona during an in-game interview. "I calmed down, worked on my form back in the tunnel and here we are."
Boven said he planned to spend his winnings paying off his student loans.
The most humorous part of the whole scene? Referees Gary Zielinski and Kevin Cutler stood motionless with their arms crossed, even as Boven rounded the court pumping his fist and the home crowd cheered him on.
Phoenix went on to claim the victory thanks to a game-high 32 points (on 11-for-17 shooting), four assists and two steals from Goran Dragic. Eric Bledsoe added 16 points (on 6-for-15 shooting), seven rebounds and six assists in the win.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with a team-high 21 points (on 8-for-20 shooting) and seven rebounds. Amar'e Stoudemire added 19 points (on 8-for-16 shooting) and six rebounds in a losing effort. Phoenix improved to 44-29 with the win. New York dropped to 30-43 with the loss.