Use More Realistic Camera views/angles when it comes to replays and highlights. The more it looks like TV, th more realistic it feels. Sometimes have buzzer beater angles like when they show the entire arena go crazy with the camera from the rafters. or have a camera right on the player who hits the shot showing their reaction.
make players have realistic reactions when they hit tough shots or buzzer beaters. Show the team celebrate.
observe all of the different angles in this video, the reaction of the crowd is real, the commentators go crazy, the players are really happy not just walking off the court. they show the replay in slow motion.