US student with Down syndrome inspires Harlem Globetrotters with no-look half-court shot

An American high school student with Down syndrome pulled off a remarkable basketball trick shot which shot him to internet stardom again – this time in front of his school, reporters and a Harlem Globetrotter.

James Meiergerd, 18, sunk an incredible backward half-court shot early last month which went viral.

A video which showed him pulling off the shot during a varsity basketball game at West Point-Beemer High caught the eyes of millions around the world.

The Globetrotters saw Meiergerd's trick shot online and sent their own player Orlando Melendez to invite the teen to be an honorary member of his team, when they play at Omaha's Century Link Centre in April.

Melendez invited Meiergerd to attempt his trick shot again at his school's gymnasium in front of 800 of his school mates, with the teen nailing the feat after 10 attempts.

The crowd erupted into cheers with several students swarming him, Melendez congratulated him with a hug.


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Beastly Steven Adams holds off three Washington rivals as he converts missed free-throw into two points

This time, even without John Wall, the Washington Wizards managed to slow down Russell Westbrook, holding him to 13 points and ending his Oklahoma City Thunder's eight-game winning streak.

Knowing they are heading into what could be a significant stretch without their own All-Star point guard, the Wizards got 25 points from Otto Porter Jr., frustrated Westbrook all evening and beat the Thunder 102-96.

Less than a week ago, Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points in a victory over Washington.

"He's a playmaker. We wanted to make sure he saw a crowd," said Wizards coach Scott Brooks, who used to coach Westbrook with OKC. "Not a lot of gaps, not a lot of openings."

Washington forward Markieff Morris gave his team a little less credit for Westbrook's woes on this night, saying: "He missed a lot of shots. A whole lot of shots."

That is certainly true.

Westbrook hit only 5 of 18 attempts and wound up with 10 assists, six rebounds and seven turnovers, then said he would "take ownership" for his team's loss.

Kiwi Steven Adams scored 16 points and 12 rebounds, his 18th double-double of the season. 


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Watch: 'He's a strong dude!' OKC's Paul George running out of compliments for 'different' teammate Steven Adams

NBA all-star Paul Goerge is running out of compliments for Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Steven Adams after the Kiwi produced another strong performance in yesterday's win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Adams was matched-up against all-star centre Joel Embiid in the Thunder's 122-112 win but continued to hold his own for the match, eventually posting 20 points and 13 rebounds - 10 of those rebounds coming at the offensive end.

Coach Billy Donovan said it's a reflection of the style Adams has honed this season.

"It wears people down, especially it wears down a guy like Embiid," Donovan said.

"I'm not saying [Embiid] played the game tired, but to have to block [Adams] out is fatiguing."

When George was asked what Adams does to wear down his match-ups, George admitted he was running out of words to use.

"You guys ask the same questions on a daily basis," George said. "What is it about Steven? He's strong. He’s a strong dude.

"Physically, he's capable of that wear and tear. He's just strong…It's hard to get positioning on Steve-O.

"He's different. That guy's different."

The Thunder will look to extend their current six-game winning streak against the Washington Wizards tomorrow at 1pm NZT.


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