Watch Isaiah Thomas and Tyler Ulis — both 5-foot-9 — battle for a jump ball (VIDEO)


Usually when NBA players get a jump ball, you have a scenario where two tall dudes go up against each other. Sometimes there’s a mismatch, and the shorter player has to try to steal the ball away by getting a quicker jump.

But on Sunday, during a game between the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns, we got something different.

Isaiah Thomas and Tyler Ulis, two 5-foot-9 professional basketball players, squared off for what could have been the shortest jump ball in NBA history.

Thankfully for all of us, both Ulis and Thomas are athletic dudes and the inter-game competition didn’t disappoint.

Thomas won the tip, with the ball carefully falling to Boston’s Jae Crowder.

Former Celtics teammate Evan Turner loved it:

Of course, Ulis would go on to win the game with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer off a Thomas turnover.