'Greatest miss in history': Joel Embiid almost hits NBA miracle

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Joel Embiid almost hit a full-court buzzer-beater to send Philadelphia to overtime against the Phoenix Suns, but the shot rattled in and out. Pictures: NBC Sports/NBA/Getty Images
Joel Embiid almost hit a full-court buzzer-beater to send Philadelphia to overtime against the Phoenix Suns, but the shot rattled in and out. Pictures: NBC Sports/NBA/Getty Images

It's not often a missed shot in the regular season becomes newsworthy, but Joel Embiid's full-court prayer is the obvious exception.

The Philadelphia 76ers star launched the kind of shot that would make an NFL quarterback proud after grabbing the rebound from a Chris Paul missed free throw on Thursday.

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Embiid's shot sailed the length of the court, banking off the glass and almost going down after rattling in and out of the rim.

Had it gone down, it would have sent the game into overtime - however the Phoenix Suns escaped with a memorable 116-113 victory.

Embiid had just 0.8 seconds to grab the rebound and heave the shot, with the sheer strength required to make the shot impressing many NBA fans.

The 76ers star didn't need the buzzer-beater to record another strong performance in a losing effort, though. 

He posted 38 points on 14-of-23 shooting (3-of-5 from deep) with 17 rebounds and four assists.

Making that shot would have given Embiid an MVP moment in a race with a crowded field, but alas, sometimes the laws of physics just don't go your way.

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Pacers forward suspended for headbutting Aussie star Patty Mills

Indiana Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson will miss a game after headbutting San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills earlier this week. 

In a statement, the NBA said Sampson was suspended for escalating the situation. Sampson "furthered the altercation by aggressively confronting and headbutting Mills," the league's statement reads.

Mills and Spurs forward Rudy Gay were fined for their actions during the scuffle.

The incident started after Mills and Sampson collided during a rebound. On his way back down the court, Mills bumped into Sampson, who then pushed and made contact with Mills.

Patty Mills confronted Indiana big man JaKarr Sampson after he was shoved by the fired up Pacer. Picture: FS Indiana
Patty Mills confronted Indiana big man JaKarr Sampson after he was shoved by the fired up Pacer. Picture: FS Indiana

Both teams gathered around the confrontation. Gay came to Mills' defense and shoved Sampson, who was quickly removed from the situation by teammate Justin Holiday. 

Sampson was charged with a flagrant foul 2 and was ejected from the contest.

Mills was fined $25,000 for his actions. Gay received a $20,000 fine for shoving Sampson.

The Spurs won the contest, 109-94.

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