Zero seconds left on the clock. The referee blows the whistle. You are sent to the free-throw line while your team and opponents are sent to their benches. You are down by one in a championship game. The fans, your family, your coach, and your team are all depending on you. You get the ball. You think of all the time you spent during practice shooting this very shot. You shoot the ball ... You sink the first one. The fans, your family, your coach, and your team go crazy. The referee gives you the ball again. With a little more confidence, you take a deep breath as you focus on one thing. You shoot the ball. It bounces in and out of the rim. You feel like the whole world just fell on you until someone screams, "There's always overtime." l
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