Saturday, 16 January 2010

1 in 10 Million

One of the great things about sports is that every once in a while you see something that has never happened before. More than 10 million points have been scored in the NBA during its 63 year history, but only one was the result of a technical foul for running out of players!

In the NBA last night, one of my fun bets was on the Over 216.5 points in the NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The result of the game, 113:104, so the bet won by the skin of its teeth, but only thanks to an obscure rule that had never been enforced in the NBA before.

The rule states that 5 players must remain on the court for a team at all times, and with four seconds left, Warriors down by 6, the total at 214, and the game already lost, Stephen Curry committed a needless foul, to foul out of the game and put Luke Ridnour on the line for 2 free throws.

However, because the already short-handed Warriors had no other players available, Curry had to stay on, resulting in an additional technical foul.

Cool-hand Luke Ridnour hit all three free-throws, to complete one of the luckiest winning bets for me that I can remember.

I'm off to buy a Lottery Ticket.


Jay Oliver said...


What was the odds on that bet!?


Cassini said...

Before the game, the price on Overs I got was 1.9 but I imagine that with the clock running down with 4 seconds left, the overs must have been 100 or more. The foul was pointless, but even the two made three throws would have still made unders a winner. That 1 in 10,000,000 technical foul made all the difference... :)