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 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 ,
Chicago Bulls , and the
Phoenix Suns ). Heard is best known 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 Shot", 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 .
* 1 College career
* 2 Professional career
* 2.1 The Shot
* 3 Coaching
* 3.1 Head coaching record
* 4 References
* 5 External links
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
Blake Griffin on February 14, 2009.
Prior to the
1973–74 NBA season , Heard and
Kevin Kunnert were
traded from the
Chicago Bulls to the
Buffalo Braves for
John Hummer ,
NBA draft 2nd round pick and a 1975
NBA draft 2nd round pick.
Heard went on to rank in the top ten in rebounds and blocked shots
that season. The deal was part of the resume that earned Buffalo
Braves General Manager
Eddie Donovan the NBA Executive of the Year
Award . 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 .
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1976 NBA Finals
With two seconds remaining in double overtime,
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 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
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
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.
In addition to his playing career, Heard served as head coach of the
Dallas Mavericks from 1993–1994 and the
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
Playoff win–loss %
6th in Midwest
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