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The Dribble Podcast: Perth Wildcats star Vic Law talks about the shot that sent New Zealand game to overtime

Perth Wildcats star Vic Law has revealed the disappointment and frustration from missing two potentially match-winning shots earlier in the season gave him extra motivation to step up when needed and send Monday night’s game against New Zealand to overtime.

Law was outstanding all game, scoring 39 points, but his basket with less than two seconds remaining in regular time gave Perth the chance to settle and push for victory in overtime.

It was Law’s third time taking the game-deciding shot this season. He missed with scores level and four seconds remaining against Brisbane in December and then rushed an attempt with 13 seconds left against Sydney. Perth lost both of those games.

“I think I’ve had enough chances of messing up to finally know how to get it right,” Law told The West Australian’s The Dribble Podcast.

“I’ve been watching film and I’ve been watching a lot of the games back over. After that Sydney game, just seeing that probably wasn’t the best read at that time to take that shot. (It’s about) just owning it.

“I won’t shy away from any criticism or any open discussion. As a basketball player I hold myself to a certain standard. I feel like I could have got a better shot at that moment. You learn from it.

Vic Law hit the crucial shot that sent Monday’s game to overtime.
Camera IconVic Law hit the crucial shot that sent Monday’s game to overtime. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

“Moments like that … they help you to grow and help the ones like (Monday) go in.”

The overtime victory came after Bryce Cotton produced a miraculous final play to make the game winning three-pointer just before the buzzer.

Law has been in outstanding form in recent matches and his dominance has followed Russian club Unics Kazan attempting to lure the American away from the Wildcats in February.

But Law said he never considered leaving Perth when that offer was presented, saying he is determined to win a NBL championship.

“A lot of teams contact me and contact my agent about possibly playing and possibly being bought out. That’s just the reality of the sport,” he said.

Vic Law rejected an offer to play in Russia to remain in Perth.
Camera IconVic Law rejected an offer to play in Russia to remain in Perth. Credit: Sarah Reed/Getty Images

“When you’re talented and young, teams are going to reach out to you and try to pluck you. But I feel too close to the group and I really respect Scott (Morrison) and Danny (Mills) and the things they’re doing at Perth.

“That wasn’t really an option for me. I want to focus on where I’m at right now and continue to win. As you can see I am 100 per cent locked in to playing right now.”

The Wildcats’ win over New Zealand gave them a 13-6 record ahead of a re-match against the Breakers at RAC Arena on Sunday.

“I’m really excited to be back in our home arena, have the home fans who are so great to play in front of and get back into my daily routine,” Law said.

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