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Garfield Heard (born May 3, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player and coach. He played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma and was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
in the third round of the 1970 NBA draft. He had a 15-year NBA career for four different teams (the Sonics, the Buffalo Braves/San Diego Clippers, the Chicago Bulls, and the Phoenix Suns). Heard is best known[by whom?] for a buzzer beater he made to send Game 5 of the 1976 Phoenix–Boston championship series into a third overtime. This feat is commonly known as "The Cow", or "The Shot Heard 'Round the World", in reference to Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem "Concord Hymn", which was written about the Battle of Lexington.[citation needed]


1 College career 2 Professional career

2.1 The Shot

3 Coaching

3.1 Head coaching record

4 References 5 External links

College career[edit] Heard set an Oklahoma school record with 21 double-doubles for a season by a Sooner in 27 games during 1969–70. It was finally broken by Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin
on February 14, 2009.[1][2] Professional career[edit] Prior to the 1973–74 NBA season, Heard and Kevin Kunnert were traded from the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
to the Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Braves
for John Hummer, a 1974 NBA draft
NBA draft
2nd round pick and a 1975 NBA draft
NBA draft
2nd round pick. Heard went on to rank in the top ten in rebounds and blocked shots that season.[3] The deal was part of the resume that earned Buffalo Braves General Manager Eddie Donovan the NBA Executive of the Year Award.[4] Heard once played 86 games in an NBA season, which is 82 games long, when he was traded in the middle of the 1975–76 NBA season from Buffalo to the Phoenix Suns.[3] The Shot[edit]

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See also: 1976 NBA Finals With two seconds remaining in double overtime, John Havlicek
John Havlicek
had given Boston a one-point advantage with a running one-handed shot. The Celtics' timekeeper then ran the clock out instead of stopping it after a made basket, per league rules. The Boston Garden
Boston Garden
crowd erupted, believing the game was over, and the Celtics themselves actually went back to their locker room. Legend has it that Havlicek had actually taken the tape off his ankles by this stage. But the Suns correctly pointed that there was still time left, though the officials only placed one second back on the clock instead of two. (Celtics fans had stormed the court after the time was erroneously allowed to expire, and one particularly boisterous fan attacked referee Richie Powers after it was announced that the game was not over yet.) Paul Westphal then intentionally took a technical foul by calling a timeout when the Suns had no more timeouts to use. It gave the Celtics a free throw, which Jo Jo White
Jo Jo White
converted to give Boston a two-point edge, but the timeout also allowed Phoenix to inbound from mid-court instead of from under their own basket. When play resumed, Heard caught the inbound pass and fired a very high-arcing turnaround jump shot from at least 20 feet away. It swished through, sending the game into a third overtime. However, Boston eventually won the game and the Finals, four games to two. Heard had scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Game 5. A revision to Rule 12-A, Section I, in regards to excessive timeouts, resulted in the elimination of the advancement of the ball following an excessive timeout. The rule has since been changed to award the ball to the team shooting the free throw. Coaching[edit] In addition to his playing career, Heard served as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
from 1993–1994 and the Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
from 1999–2000. His overall head coaching record is 23-74. During the 2004–2005 season, Heard was an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons; he coached several games that season when Larry Brown was out due to a medical condition. Heard has also served several stints as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers. Head coaching record[edit]


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result

Dallas 1992–93 53 9 44 .170 6th in Midwest — — — — Missed Playoffs

Washington 1999–00 44 14 30 .318 (fired) — — — —


97 23 74 .237

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^ Helsley, John (February 15, 2009). " Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin
has 40 points, 23 boards for No. 2 Sooners against Texas Tech". The Oklahoman.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ "Capel's Sooners Still Streaking". Oklahoma Sports / SoonerSports.com (CBS Interactive). Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  ^ a b "Gar Heard". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-03-27.  ^ "Denver's Mark Warkentien named NBA Executive of the Year". NBA.com. 2009-05-03. Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 

External links[edit]

BasketballReference.com profile as player BasketballReference.com profile as coach

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Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
head coaches

Dick Motta
Dick Motta
(1980–1987) John MacLeod (1987–1989) Richie Adubato (1989–1992) Gar Heard # (1992–1993) Quinn Buckner (1993–1994) Dick Motta
Dick Motta
(1994–1996) Jim Cleamons (1996–1997) Don Nelson
Don Nelson
(1997–2005) Avery Johnson
Avery Johnson
(2005–2008) Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle
(2008– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
head coaches

Jim Pollard
Jim Pollard
(1961–1962) Jack McMahon (1962) Bobby Leonard
Bobby Leonard
(1962–1964) Buddy Jeannette (1964–1965) Paul Seymour (1965–1966) Mike Farmer (1966) Buddy Jeannette # (1966) Gene Shue
Gene Shue
(1966–1973) K. C. Jones
K. C. Jones
(1973–1976) Dick Motta
Dick Motta
(1976–1980) Gene Shue
Gene Shue
(1980–1986) Kevin Loughery (1986–1988) Wes Unseld
Wes Unseld
(1988–1994) Jim Lynam (1994–1997) Bob Staak # (1997) Bernie Bickerstaff
Bernie Bickerstaff
(1997–1999) Jim Brovelli # (1999) Gar Heard (1999–2000) Darrell Walker # (2000) Leonard Hamilton
Leonard Hamilton
(2000–2001) Doug Collins (2001–2003) Eddie Jordan (2003–2008) Ed Tapscott
Ed Tapscott
(2008–2009) Flip Saunders
Flip Saunders
(2009–2012) Randy Wittman
Randy Wittman
(2012–2016) Scott Brooks
Scott Brooks
(2016– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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Phoenix Suns

Founded in 1968 Based in Phoenix, Arizona


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Western Conference Championships (2)

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Pacific Division Championships (6)

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