When JR Smith decided to dribble out to the perimeter rather than take a layup or pass the ball to an open Lebron James at the end of regulation in Game 1 of this year's NBA Finals, you can bet that the Golden State Warriors were thanking their lucky stars.
The bizarre incident felt like such a fortuitous bolt from the blue, that even head coach Steve Kerr admitted that they were lucky to escape with a win, given James' historic 51-point effort.
He had to hark back to a 1984 game to recall a similar head-scratcher, which just goes to show how improbable a mental lapse of that scale could happen at this level. "We got lucky. He could've taken a shot but he dribbled it out. ...Sometimes this stuff just happens. We got lucky," he told reporters after the game.
And Kerr may just have to thank this 13-year-old Filipino-American singer for bringing his team much-needed good fortune. Her name is Nayah Damasen, and chances are the Warriors win whenever she performs the American national anthem before tip-off.
She did so in Game 1 of the 2015 finals against the Cavaliers, and the Warriors won. She returned this Thursday (Friday morning Manila time), and one doesn't need a reminder of who came out happier of the two teams, especially not Smith.
"Honestly, they can pick any other singer in the world but I'm so honored and blessed that they picked me. And it's such an amazing feeling," Damasen told ABC News before the game.
The last time the Warriors lost in the playoffs when Damasen performed was back in 2013, against the San Antonio Spurs.
Damasen, whose family resides in San Jose, said that she is rooting for the Warriors to win another ring this year, and that she couldn't pick a favorite player from the team because she loves them all.
Damasen attributes her love for singing to her Pinay grandmother. She has opened for concerts of Filipino singers such as Charice, who now goes by his name Jake Zyrus, and Jed Madela.
Aside from singing, Damasen is also an actress who has recurring roles in popular shows like "Modern Family" and "Grey's Anatomy."