The San Antonio Spurs secured a 100-91 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night as they bounced back from a horrible loss to the Detroit Pistons.
The victory sees them improve to 26-12 as they remain third in the Western Conference.
The main talking point of the game, however, was a bizarre play involving veteran Manu Ginobili.
Midway through the third quarter, the Spurs shooting guard attempted a lob pass into teammate LaMarcus Aldridge under the rim but overthrew it so badly that it ended up as a three-pointer instead.
The referees and most of the players on the court didn't realize the ball had gone in and Michael Beasley collected the 'rebound' and began taking the ball up the other end of the floor.
But Ginobili knew the ball went through the basket and was desperately shouting at the refs to let them know that the ball had gone in.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was just as confused as the officiating crew on the court and admitted he had no idea that the ball had gone through the hoop.
"I did not [see the ball go in], in all honestly. I did not," Popovich said, per ESPN. "Then everybody started grabbing me and saying the ball went in. I said, 'Yeah, the ball went in!' I acted like I knew what was going on."
The play was followed a strange sequence of events as the refs initially didn't count the shot. But after much deliberation, they eventually stopped to review the play and ruled that it was indeed a three-point make.
Ginobili has always been a crafty player but even he couldn't have intended to secure a three in this manner.
"I went crazy because once you make a shot like that you want it to count," Ginobili said after the game. "So yeah, it was very awkward, but common sense, I guess. The refs reviewed it and we got it."
It counted towards the Argentine's 12 points on the night and is certainly the weirdest play of the season so far. But in typical Manu fashion, he saw the funny side.
"I've been working on it for a long time, I finally was able to take it," Ginobili said. "I just threw it up because [Aldridge] was being fronted. I had to do it quick because he'd been there for a couple of seconds. And I guess I threw it too hard. And it went perfectly."