A day later, the light had come on and Heath Kufahl could connect the dots.

Something about the way everything lined up leading to his magical moment Tuesday night at the Oklahoma City Thunder game convinced him that his fling was far from a fluke.

Kufahl is the 37-year-old fan who swished a halfcourt shot just before the start of the fourth quarter. He became the first person this season to win the $20,000 prize.

“I was obviously really excited,” he said, looking back on his celebratory dash around the Chesapeake Energy Arena court. “I kind of reacted like a little kid, but that's OK.”

He had good reason.

Kufahl's wife, Jenni, is battling Stage III appendix cancer.

The fight is nearing five months. Jenni has undergone chemotherapy for nearly four.

To the Kufahl family, the prize money is precious. Much of it will go toward mounting medical bills.