VIDEO: Utah Jazz Lose After Andrei Kirilenko Airballs Game-Tying Layup

The Utah Jazz found a new way to lose on Thursday night after nearly completing an incredible last-second comeback. After Utah hit a three to cut the Denver Nuggets' lead to two, Andrei Kirilenko had about the easiest chance in the world to tie the game as he stole the inbounds pass under the basket. From point-blank range, though, Kirilenko did the inexplicable, botching his layup attempt as the final buzzer sounded.

Check out the video of Kirilenko's gaffe and the wild finish in Utah (via Bubba Prog).

Yes, he airballed a layup from just inches away.

Whoops! The controversy, and heartbreak, didn't end there, though. Check out this screencap taken a split-second after Kenyon Martin had thrown the ball away. That's Martin standing out of bounds with his hand on the ball, which would have resulted in a turnover, giving the Jazz a chance to set up a play. Also note the look of determination on Kirlienko's face. Good effort, buddy!

Instead, Kirilenko will go down in history for missing a gimme that would've sent the game to overtime. It's a play that'll be shown on "Not Top-10s" and blooper reels, keeping the moment alive thanks to the miracle of the Internet.

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