2. Michael Jordan
Game 6, 1998 NBA Finals
In what is the most famous shot in basketball history, the greatest player ever put forth a fitting capper on a nearly flawless Chicago career.
After John Stockton hit a three-pointer to put Utah up three with less than a minute to play, Jordan answered the bell as only he could. First, he scored on a drive off an inbounds play. Then, he stripped Karl Malone on the other end. Finally, he drove on Bryon Russell, pushed off, and scored the most clutch bucket of his career in the closing seconds.
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1. Ray Allen
Game 6, 2013 NBA Finals
Sugar Ray saved a potential dynasty. He also crushed the hearts of a lot more than just San Antonio fans. It wasn’t Spurs fans leaving the building early that night. It was Heat fans. They’ll never get over that again, knowing they missed what might go down as the greatest shot ever.
Off an offensive rebound, Allen stepped behind the arc and drilled a triple to tie Game 6 up. The Heat would go on to complete a remarkable comeback before taking the series in Game 7.
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It’s too bad these NBA Finals have been so unexciting. (These playoffs peaked in the first round. Seriously. Blowout after blowout, we’ve had one game decided by less than 15. That means a lot of bathroom breaks and a lot of channel flipping. In the NBA Finals, it shouldn’t be that way.
Over the years, we had some incredible finishes on the game’s biggest stage. Just last June, Ray Allen knocked down a triple in the closing seconds of Game 6 that basically stole a championship from the Spurs. As Jason Terry told me recently, the Finals are basketball’s Super Bowl and to win you must meet the pressure.
Over the years, these 15 players did just that. With the Finals coming to a close, let’s run down the most clutch shots in NBA Finals history.
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