Last Monday, we witnessed Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks go toe-to-toe with the Al Jefferson-led Utah Jazz in a match that lasted almost longer than Greg Oden’s career.
Four overtimes it took these squads to finally settle the score, with the Hawks coming out on top, 139-133. As Yao Ming is notably tall, this regular season match-up was a lengthy affair. How long? It stands as the third longest game in NBA history, the ninth that needed four overtimes, and the first of its kind since Phoenix beat Portland 140-139 on November 14, 1997.
Said Joe Johnson, who led all scorers with his 37 points: "It was unbelievable. I just had to laugh it off. I've never played in a game like that." Well, Mr. Johnson, you’ve no one to blame but yourself: 1) You missed a potential game winner in regulation, and 2) You were pretty much responsible sending the game into the third extra period with a seriously beautiful step-back three-pointer.
Lest we rabble on about our love/hate relationship with the talented Mr. Johnson, how about we take a look at some of the longest milestones in the NBA? Take a deep breath, and off we go!