MIAMI (AP) — A 50-year-old computer technician from McHenry made a half-court shot to win $75,000 and a hug from LeBron James.
As part of a contest sponsored by James' foundation, Michael Drysch hit a one-handed hook shot from midcourt between periods of Friday's game between the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons.
"It was unbelievable," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "The place erupted. It sounded like it did when we were in the Finals. It was a great moment."
A $75,000 donation also goes to LeBron's Foundation and Boys & Girls Club. Drysch was chosen out of 30,000 entrants to take the shot.
James watched from the bench, and when the shot swished in, he happily sprinted toward Drysch and embraced him, and both tumbled to the court.
"Nice way to meet somebody," Drysch said. "I can't believe it."
Drysch said he practiced the shot and made "maybe 1 percent."
"I'm excited for him," James said. "It's for a great cause, it was big time. It was a great moment."
"It really got the crowd going," Chris Bosh said. "It gave us a lot of energy heading into that fourth quarter."
"The energy in this building picked up even more after that," Ray Allen said. "This building was really buzzing."