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03/06/2013 04:50 pm ET Updated Mar 06, 2013

Heath Kufahl Half-Court Shot: Fan Makes Long Shot During Thunder-Lakers Game, Wins $20,000 (VIDEO)

Here's a feel-good NBA fan story that will surely make your day.

On Tuesday night, a man named Heath Kufahl won himself a cool $20,000 when he sunk the ever-elusive MidFirst half-court shot at the Thunder-Lakers game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Dressed in a Thunder jersey, Kufahl -- a high school basketball and volleyball coach -- made the shot between the third and fourth quarters of the game. According to the Oklahoman, it was "the fourth fan half-court shot made in the Thunder's Oklahoma City history, and the first since 2011."

Though successful half-court attempts are always awesome to watch, Kufahl's winning shot has held an especially powerful significance.

Kelly Hines, sports writer for Tulsa World, writes:

Kufahl is incredibly deserving not only because he's supporting a family of eight on a teacher's salary, but also because his wife, Jenni, was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer last fall. She has been undergoing chemo treatments but received a good report last month that her tumors have shrunk and no new cancer was discovered.

"I love when good things happen to good people," Hines said.

There has been a little hiccup to this otherwise fairy tale-like ending, however. According to Kevin Ding of the OC Register, Kufahl is not actually a Thunder fan and had been posing as one for the sake of the contest.

We imagine some OC fans won't be too pleased with this revelation; but perhaps Kufahl's moving story will blur the lines of NBA rivalry.

h/t: Big Lead Sports

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