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Ayo Dosunmu's dramatic match-winning basket: The gem whose life was changed by a stray bullet

Ayo Dosunmu's buzzer-beating match-winning basket to seal a 110-108 win for the Chicago Bulls, who had squandered an 18-point lead against the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA, is causing quite the stir.

DeMar DeRozan (28 points) had the shot that could have given Chicago the win, but missed his attempt.

Fortunately for the Chicago team, Ayo (with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals) grabbed the offensive rebound and made the clutch basket.

"I'm just trying to use my instincts...and it worked out well," Dosunmu said to explain his winning shot.

"Ayo was in the right place at the right time. He got the job done," DeRozan noted.

Trae Young, who put up 34 points, couldn't prevent the loss for his Hawks.

What does Ayo Dosunmu do with his hands every time he makes a basket?

Ayo Dosunmu, the 38th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, lost one of his best friends, Darius Brown, at just 10 years old, the victim of a gang shooting.

On August 3, 2011, a stray bullet in a shootout between two rival gangs ended up hitting a Darius Brown who was rushed to the hospital, but doctors could do nothing. At the age of 13, Brown fell victim street violence.

"I'm still unable to explain what that moment was like, it broke my heart," recalls the new Bulls idol years later.

Every time he scores a basket, Ayo Dosunmu holds down his index, middle and ring fingers and extends his thumb and little finger in the shape of an airplane in memory of his dead friend.

"It's a jet, which is what Darius was on the court," Ayo explained. "It's his symbol and in this way I'm keeping his legacy going."

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