Friday, May 6, 2011
This Day in Sports History - 5/6/1984
Rookie guard Derek Harper of the Mavericks loses his focus in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers in Dallas. With six seconds remaining and the score tied, Harper takes a pass from Dale Ellis. He thinks the Mavericks are up by one point and dribbles out the clock. The Lakers go on to beat the Mavericks in overtime, 122-115, and win the series four games to one. Harper shakes off the embarrassment and plays 17 seasons in the NBA.