One play does not define an entire game. It might be the postgame focus or the highlight seen on SportsCenter. But it was not the game.
When Gustavo Ayon went to the foul line with 2.4 seconds left in the game and a two-point deficit after a brilliant transition drive and dish by Jameer Nelson, the game very much rested on Ayon's foul shots. Ayon entered the game shooting 59.3 percent from the foul line. The odds of him making both and sending the game to overtime did not seem good.
Ayon's first free throw -- the one he absolutely had to get -- rimmed out off the left side. He now had to miss the next free throw on purpose and hope for a rebound and tip in. Kyle O'Quinn got a hand on it but Jamaal Tinsley secured the rebound and secured the win.
Utah had escaped Orlando 97-93 and it was missed opportunities -- like Ayon's two missed free throws -- that ended Orlando's hopes for a win.
"It’s hard" Ayon said. "At the end I had a chanc...