04/03/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rudy Gay's Early Shot: Poor Timing Causes Embarrassing Mistake (VIDEO)

The NBA has seen its share of super-long-distance shots this year. But the obvious reality of half-court shots is that they are only worth attempting if the quarter is about to end or the shot clock is soon to expire.

Rudy Gay surely knows this truism, but the Grizzlies small forward mistimed his long-distance heave Monday night against the Lakers by a lot. Leading by three late in the first quarter, Gay chucked the ball from beyond half-court... with more than seven seconds remaining. The Lakers took advantage, rebounding the ball and passing up-court to Kobe Bryant, who fired off a three-pointer to tie the game as the first quarter ended. Thankfully for Gay, the Grizzlies prevailed, 95-93.

WATCH (via Ball Don't Lie):