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You Tube Gold: It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over

Classic cases of celebrating too early

1998 Chicago Bulls Championship Parade and Rally
 CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 16: Toni Kukoc #7 of the Chicago Bulls holds up the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy during the 1998 Chicago Bulls Celebration Rally on June 16, 1998 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.  Kukoc features prominently in this You Tube Gold.
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Duke fans will remember the famous Sean Dockery buzzer beater in 2005. He hit a shot from just over half court to pull off a miraculous win against Virginia Tech. We’ve linked to it several times over the years because it was such an amazing buzzer beater. A win at that point just seemed really unlikely. But he caught it, shot it - and he wasn’t a great shot, remember - and in it went.

What a lot of people don’t remember and it might not have been on TV, was that shortly before that shot, when a Virginia Tech win seemed inevitable, that Hokie big man Coleman Collins did the choke sign to Duke players.

Then came the shot. He was utterly shocked, and looked to the refs, urging them to wave it off. You can see the shot and his stunned reaction here.

It was a sweet moment, needless to say, a big of Instant Karma.

As it happens, the NBA has plenty of those moments. Here are several of them, complied into one glorious tape. Cockiness comes with a price sometimes. Instant Karma indeed.