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Brown’s ‘amazing’ basket came after four missed shots

Sinking a half-court shot is the latest testament to “Downtown Scotty Brown’s’’ basketball prowess, but it turns out it wasn’t quite the lucky basket it appeared to be.

An aide confirmed for the Globe Thursday that Brown sunk the shot, but on the fifth attempt.

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Video of the senator’s bucket last Friday at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center was immediately scooped up by his reelection committee, titled “Scott Brown’s Amazing Half-Court Shot,’’ and posted to YouTube.

“I thought you’d want to check it out for yourself, and then pass along to your family and friends,’’ Dave Cowens, the Boston Celtics Hall of Fame center, said in an e-mail distributing the video.

Brown’s communications director, Marcie Kinzel, told the Globe she was watching Brown attempt the shots when she decided to start recording them on her iPhone.

She began shooting video in the middle of his failed third attempt, got his fourth miss, and then hit pay dirt as his fifth shot banked off the backboard and rattled in..

As Brown jogged off the court, Kinzel panned to show him being mobbed by a group of children.

‘I’ve seen some pretty good basketball shots. This one . . . ranks right up there!’

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Brown’s political committee later distributed the segment of the video showing only the final shot.

“As a member of the Boston Celtics, I’ve seen some pretty good basketball shots,’’ Cowens said in the campaign e-mail. “This one from my friend Scott Brown ranks right up there!’’

Glen Johnson can be reached at johnson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.
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