Basketball

Money shot: Another Thunder fan hits half-courter

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The fans who go see Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are pretty good shooters, too.

For the second straight game, and the fifth time during the 2013 calendar year, a Thunder fan hit a half-court heave to win $20,000 during a second-quarter promotion sponsored by MidFirst Bank. Brad Brucker, a 33-year-old business teacher at Piedmont High School, made the midcourt shot Thursday night during the Thunder's 105-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Two days earlier in a game against the Denver Nuggets, fan Cameron Rodriguez won from long range at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Brucker was congratulated by recording stars Beyonce and Jay-Z, who watched from courtside seats next to Durant's family. Brucker says the experience "didn't feel real." Durant enjoys seeing fans take the lucky shot. After the win, the Thunder star joked that "we might go broke after these guys, they're hitting every half-court shot."

Related Headlines

  • Tony Allen, Serge Ibaka

    Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 100-86

    Kevin Durant put a dazzling end to Memphis' gritty comeback. The Grizzlies erased most of a 25-point deficit before Durant, the league's scoring champion, got hot. He scored ... 

  • Mike Conley, Serge Ibaka

    Grizzlies beat Thunder 111-105 in OT to tie series

    Nothing rattled the Memphis Grizzlies. Not squandering a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter and a five-point lead in the final 19 seconds of regulation. Not Kevin Durant's ... 

  • Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker

    Durant, Thunder snap Spurs' win streak, 94-88

    The shots weren't falling early for Kevin Durant and never fell for Russell Westbrook, so it was Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb who carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to their ... 

  • Kendrick Perkins, Manu Ginobili

    Westbrook leads Thunder past Spurs 113-100

    Russell Westbrook says there's no question Oklahoma City is the league's best team. He backed up his words Saturday night by leading the Thunder to a dominant victory in a ... 

Find your future job here