When it comes to an amazing change of fortune, it’ll be difficult to find something more dramatic than this. Call it a season extended.
Trailing the defending champions without the ball is not the way you want to come out of a time out with precious seconds left in a game you absolutely must have.
However, it turned out better tonight than ever could have been imagined.
Mike Bibby reached in on the driving Manu Ginobili and stole the ball off the dribble. Bibby fed Kevin Martin, who raced into the front-court alongside San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and took the ball to the basket.
Martin protected the ball with his body, shielding Duncan, before he awkwardly laid the ball in off the glass. The ball bounced three times before settling down the net and setting off a wild celebration.
It was as wild for Kings fans and their owners as it was disconsolate for the Spurs, who looked towards the officiating crew of Bennett Salvatore, Ken Mauer and Sean Corbin for help and received none.
At first glance, it appeared as if Bibby fouled the heck out of Ginobili.
However, that’s life in the NBA. You get away with what you can.