On the game's
final play, Bird got the ball with some 11 seconds left. Moncrief was swarming
all over him, however, so Bird passed to Guard Steve Reed, who went up as if to
shoot. But because of defensive pressure, he abruptly dumped the ball off to
"I sort of
lost the ball in the shuffle," said Heaton, a 6'5" sub. "I was
going to take it up with my right hand, but I was afraid of getting it blocked,
so I just sort of threw it up with my left. I was hoping somebody would tip it
in." The ball hit the rim and bounced around for what seemed an eternity.
Finally, with :02 on the clock, it fell through.
Nobody knew what
Bird thought about the day's events, because he again declined to meet the
press. Well, perhaps genius doesn't have to explain itself. At least he took
part in the celebration on the floor. As he walked off, the Sycamore fans
chanted, "Ayyy-men, Ayyy-men, Ayyy-men, Ay-men, Ay-men." The Mormon
Tabernacle Choir couldn't have done it better.