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A Game-Winning Crossover? Damn

When an NBA game gets close late in the fourth quarter, it turns into a playground game. There are still set plays, sure. But more often than not, you’ll see teams just isolate the ball with their best player, and it’s one-on-one against the defender, with pride and the game at stake.

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It’s perfect. But rarely do you see a game decided by the most hallowed playground move of all—the crossover. Last night, that’s exactly what happened. One-on-one with Oklahoma City’s best defender, Thabo Sefolosha, Jason Richardson just flat out embarrassed him.

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His game-winning shot may have made the headlines, but the crossover is what gave him the open look. He crossed up Thabo, badly, and sailed into the lane for an easy floater to win it.

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With pride and the game at stake, J-Rich won:

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(And because gifsoup is just way too much fun, here’s a .GIF of the crossover, too. Nasty.)