The NBA is "Where Amazing Happens," and with the playoffs starting this weekend, there's nothing more amazing than the last-second shots that not only can win a game, but can change the momentum of an entire series.
We've seen clips of Jordan's shot in Game 6 to win the '98 Finals, or Jerry West's game-tying heave in the 1950 Finals to send the game into overtime, but in this decade alone, we've witnessed (no LeBron pun necessary), some of the greatest buckets in playoff history. There's been so many great ones, that we didn't even include all of the heroics from last year's Bulls and Celtics series.
With no disrespect to some of the most outrageous shots ever, these are the greatest buzzer beaters from the past decade in the NBA Playoffs. Sorry, we hope they don't bring back bad memories.
8. Carmelo Anthony
(2009 Western Conference Semis vs. Dallas Mavericks, Game 3)
After holding serve and winning the first two games at home, Carmelo and the Nuggets tried to keep it going while in Dallas. This beater was all but the dagger of the series, as it gave Denver a 3-0 series lead, before eliminating the Mavs in five. A little advice to Antoine Wright... if you're going to foul Melo, wrap up his arms so he can't stick it in your face.
7. Glen "Big Baby" Davis
(2009 Eastern Conference Semis vs. Orlando Magic, Game 4)
Probably the most unlikely player on the Celts to hit a game-winner, (besides Brian Scalabrine), "Big Baby" not only saved the team from falling behind 3-1 in the series, but he also ran over a poor little chubby kid while celebrating. Double-whammy for that one! The Magic (and kid) got the last laugh though, as Orlando won the series 4-3.
6. Raja Bell
(2006 Western Conference Semis vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Game 5)
Although Raja Bell is a solid player, he was best known in the '06 playoffs for clotheslining Kobe
in their first round matchup. But when he hit this shot to send the game to double OT, he only strangled the Clips' chances of winning the series. Bell's shot helped lead the Suns to a 3-2 series edge, before closing out L.A. in seven.
5. Kobe Bryant
(2006 Western Conference 1st Round vs. Phoenix Suns, Game 4)
How do you let the best player in the world beat you not just once, but twice? Well that's exactly what the Suns let happen, as the "Black Mamba" earned his nickname. Bryant not only stole the ball, and hit a floater to send the game to OT, but buried the game-winner to take a 3-1 series lead. Unfortunately, the Suns took the venom out of Kobe's Lakers, going on to win the series in seven.
4. Robert Horry
(2005 NBA Finals vs. Detroit Pistons, Game 5)
We're still not sure how (or why?) the Pistons allowed one of the most clutch shooters in NBA history alone with the game on the line. With one of the greatest playoff performances of the decade, earning him the nickname "Big Shot Bob", Horry helped the Spurs tie the series at two games apiece, later winning his sixth NBA Title. He won another championship a couple years later, so yes, Robert Horry has more rings than both MJ and Scottie Pippen...
3. LeBron James
(2009 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Orlando Magic, Game 2)
We all "witnessed" the biggest shot in The King's career when he dropped this bomb. With home court advantage, Cleveland couldn't afford to head to Orlando down two games. You'd think after Bron Bron drained this the Cavs could carry momentum, but the only thing they saw was Superman Dwight Howard fly his team to the finals in six games.
2. Robert Horry
(2002 Western Conference Finals vs. Sacramento Kings, Game 4)
Trailing by 20 at the end of the first quarter, the Lakers crept their way back, cutting into the Kings' lead after each quarter. When Horry sunk this trey to seal the deal for the Lakers, it capped the biggest comeback in playoff history, tying the series 2-2, with the Lakers ultimately winning in seven.
1. Derek Fisher
(2004 Western Conference Semis vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 5)
Think about the time it takes to give your buddy a high five. Now think about that amount of time trying to win a crucial playoff game on the road in the NBA. After Tim Duncan sank a what was thought to be game-winner, Fisher hit this, sending the series back to L.A. with a 3-2 series lead. The Lakers closed out the series a couple days later in six, as fans gave a lot of high fives.