With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Cupid’s bow is arched and ready to shoot (and score). Though we hope your jour d’amour isn’t full of heartbreak, there has certainly been plenty during the season’s biggest basketball showdowns. Here are a few of the most heartbreaking buzzer-beaters.
Miami Hurricanes v. Virginia Tech Hokies (January 26, 2022)
The Miami Hurricanes defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 78-75 with a half-court buzzer-beater from Charlie Moore. Moore finished the game with 13 points. This half-court shot left Virginia Tech fans devastated, as the Hookies had a six-point lead in the second half. With the Hurricanes currently ranked 2nd in the conference at 8-2 Miami fans definitely have something to celebrate. So come on Canes, pour that GameDay Vodka and let’s see if we can have another victory over the Hokies come February 26th.
Boston Celtics v. New York Knicks (January 6, 2022)
The New York Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics 108-105 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. RJ Barret sunk the game-winning shot with just seconds left to spare. The game had been tied 105-105 before Barret scored a three-pointer and led the Knicks to an exciting victory. A victory worthy of booze mail if you ask us. Celtics fans were crushed by the loss after an extremely close matchup. This loss left the Celtics with a record of 18-21.
New Orleans Pelicans v. Oklahoma City Thunder (December 15, 2021)
Devonte’ Graham’s 61-foot buzzer-beater led the New Orleans Pelicans to a 113-110 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Prior to the game-winning shot, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sunk a 30-foot shot for the Thunder with just over one second remaining. The Pelicans inbounded to Graham, who had light pressure from Kenrich Williams. With 1.4 seconds remaining, Williams didn’t think he was going to shoot, but Graham let it fly, securing the win and shocking both Pelican fans and teammates.
Phoenix Suns v. Sacramento Kings (October 28, 2021)
The Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings were tied 107-107 in the fourth quarter when Harrison Barnes sunk a three-pointer at the buzzer. Barnes led the Kings to victory with 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Upon the loss, the Suns record plummeted along with fans’ morale in the stadium. Keeping a game that close with the number one team in the conference though deserves a consolation cocktail.