Austin Reaves set NBA Twitter ablaze with his half-court buzzer beater to end the first half of Game 6. Check out his Half Court Shot here.
Austin Reaves : Half court shot | Buzzer beater
Reaves attended Cedar Ridge High School in Newark, Arkansas. He won back-to-back Class 2A state titles in his first two years.
Reaves scored 73 points in a triple-overtime win over Forrest City High School.
As a senior, he averaged 32.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game, leading his team to a Class 3A state title.
Reaves was named MVP of the state tournament after averaging 43.3 points through four games. He was a two-time Class 3A All-State selection.
On January 20, 2016, he committed to playing college basketball for Wichita State over offers from South Dakota State and Arkansas State.
Austin Reaves Half court shot
Austin Reaves set NBA Twitter ablaze with his half-court buzzer-beater to end the first half of Game 6 against the Warriors.
The Los Angeles Lakers took a 10-point lead into halftime of Game 6 in their Western Conference Semifinal series against the Golden State Warriors.
While it looked like they weren’t going to have a double-digit cushion heading into the break, a heads-up defensive play by Anthony Davis beget a halfcourt buzzer-beater by Austin Reaves that sent the fans at Crypto.com Arena into a frenzy and gave them a 56-46 cushion.
Klay Thompson airballed a three, but the ball landed in front of Donte DiVincenzo. Unfortunately for the former Villanova star, Davis was standing right there and swatted his attempt away.
After Reaves was able to corral the ball with about three seconds left before the break, the former second-round pick took two dribbles, launched from halfcourt, and made it.
Reaves had an excellent first half in Game 6, as he scored 13 points with three assists and three rebounds.
Los Angeles is looking to knock off the defending champions and avoid having to go back to San Francisco, where the two sides would play a winner-take-all game with a spot in the Western Conference Finals on the line.
Whichever team ends up winning this series will end up taking on the Denver Nuggets, which punched their ticket to the next round on Thursday night.
Austin Reaves and the Los Angeles Lakers opened up a 17-point first-quarter lead Friday night as they attempted to close out the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
That lead had shrunk to seven points in the waning moments of the second quarter, when Warriors guard Klay Thompson missed poorly on a short attempt which would have shaved that advantage to four points.
While Donte DiVincenzo grabbed the offensive rebound, as he has done all series, Anthony Davis turned around to protect the rim with a blocked shot.
That’s when Reaves nailed a three for his 11th, 12th and 13th points of the first half. But it was not an ordinary buzzer-beating trey from the former undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma.
Talk about a seismic shift as Reaves and the Lakers look to end Golden State’s dynasty and head to the Western Conference Finals for a matchup with the Denver Nuggets.
It’s not like Reaves’ first half performance has come out of nowhere, either. The young guard was brilliant to conclude the regular season, averaging 18.7 PPG and 5.8 APG on 43 percent shooting from distance over the final 18 games.
He’s been stellar in the playoffs heading into Friday’s action, too.