The NBA season is still on hold because of the Corona Virus. Here are a few flashback shots to satisfy your hunger for NBA basketball.
Below are my top 7 NBA Playoff Shots off-all time, let the debates begin.
Ray Allen hits the 3-point shot for the Miami Heat:
Trailing 3-2 and losing 95-92, to the San Antonio Spurs, Ray Allen hits a three-point shot to send the game to overtime. The Heat went on to win the NBA Championship in Game 7. Inexplicably, Tim Duncan was not in the game which allowed Chris Bosh to keep the play alive and get the ball to Allen.
7) LeBron James:
Battling against a much better Orlando Magic team, LeBron hits this tremendous shot. At the time, it was the biggest shot in the history of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland going to be down 0-2, heading to Orlando, before James hit this game winner.
Trailing 2 games to 1. The Miami Heat were looking at an unsurmountable, 1-3 deficit against the Bulls. LeBron hits this shot below and silenced the windy city crowd in Chicago.
6) Damian Lillard sends the OKC Thunder packing:
Tied at 115-115, Lillard hits a 35-footer. Paul George is considered one of the best defenders in the NBA, that didn’t matter. Lillard hits the game winning shot and ended the Thunder season.
5) Michael Jordan ends the Utah Jazz championship dreams:
Down by 1 point, Jordan not only stole the ball from Karl Malone, he hits the game winner to capture his 6th title.
4) Reggie Miller shines at Madison Square Garden:
There are 3 sports moments in my life that I will always remember where I was when it happened…
- The first time I heard Magic Johnson tested positive for HIV.
- Watching Mike Tyson get knocked out by Buster Douglas
- Reggie Miller below
Miller scored 8 points in 9 seconds. Knicks fans will never forget this moment.
3) Kawhi Leonard, the shot heard all over Canada:
With the entire weight of Canada on his shoulders, Kawhi Leonard hits the game winning shot in Game 7 to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors beat the 76ers 92-90. Leonard went on to give Toronto their first ever NBA Championship.
2) Magic Johnson:
In one of the greatest rivalries of all-time (Celtics vs. Lakers), Johnson hits this game winning shot, in Boston.
The Lakers went on to win the series in 6 games. The diagram of the play was amazing. Kevin McHale was forced to switch on the inbound and cover Magic. Johnson drives the ball and shoots over McHale and Robert Parrish extended arms. Most don’t remember, Larry Bird got an open look to win the game and missed the shot.
1) Kyrie Irving does the impossible:
Trailing 3 games to 1 to the Golden State Warriors the Cleveland Cavaliers came back to win three straight games. Irving hits the game winning shot and the city of Cleveland won their first title, in any sport, since 1964. It was the first time in the history of the NBA that a team was down 3-1 and came back to win it all. Before the shot, LeBron James has the greatest block in NBA Finals history.
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