San Antonio Spurs with shocking defeat to Alba Berlin after buzzer beater

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European basketball does boast some very talented athletes with many strong sides but no one expected the German side Alba Berlin to pull out the unexpected victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Heavy favourites

It's very rare to see an NBA team lose to a basketball side from another country, however it's rather shocking to see the defending NBA champions to go down.

It may only be pre-season and friendly competition between the German outfit and the best team in the U.S.A but with the Spurs fielding their best players, there was a feel about the contest that the victory in the game was of an appropriate importance.

The Spurs ventured to Germany to take on Alba Berlin who are part of the 'Basketball Bundesliga' Conference in Europe.

The San Antonio franchise were heavily favoured in the game but no one seemed to tell the Berlin squad their side of the script as in a wild sequence of events in the last five seconds of the contest, the German team hit a buzzer beater to seal the 94-93 win.

Crazy sequence

James McLean who is a former forward of Xavier University in the United States was the man to hit the clutch floater as time expired to defeat the NBA champions.

As you can see from the video below, Tim Duncan has the in-bounds pass for the Spurs with five seconds left in the game. His pass is stolen and quick thinking by the Berlin players allows them to save the ball going out of bounds and rotate the rock over to McLean.

The forward takes two hard dribbles down the middle of the court before lofting up a pray with a floater that cannons off the backboard and through the hoop as the buzzer sounds to signal the end of the game, victory Alba Berlin.

McLean finished the contest with 18 points and 10 rebounds against the Spurs and spoke afterwards about the final play of the game, he said: "I just got the ball from Leon (Radosevic) and I looked at the clock and knew I had to get a play in, I did a couple of juggles and got a prayer in. I saw it go in. It felt really good. I didn't know how to celebrate."

He continued: "We just kept fighting and we realised we had a chance to win the game,"

Tony Parker top scored for San Antonio with 28 points in the NBA Global Games tour contest but it wasn't enough as the Spurs taste their first defeat since winning the NBA championship.

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