by Waterboy Sam Meyerkopf
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the shot that made POINT 3. No, not the gear…the rule - commonly referred to as the “Trent Tucker Rule”, when on MLK Day (1/15/90) he hit a game winner at MSG with 0.1 left on the clock to beat the Bulls. Then Commissioner David Stern was in attendance and realized that no one should be able to get a shot up in 0.1 seconds and thus, the 0.3 rule. So, 25 years later we here to celebrate all things Buzzer Beater!
Without further ado, in no particular order, here are some of the most memorable and devastating buzzer-beaters ever…
Does it get any better than this? The #6 seed North Carolina State Wolfpack knocking off Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and the rest of Phi Slama Jama. An air ball that gets dunked in for the National Title, Coach Jim Valvano running around looking for someone to hug in celebration, and the crowd going crazy. March Madness, baby!
Western Conference Semi-Finals, two powerhouse teams of the era, and one shot that swung the series. Tim Duncan hits a crazy off-balanced shot to take the lead, then Fish goes icicles and bedlam ensues.
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Back when the legend was still growing, Bird stole the ball, passed to DJ, and the Celtics won. One of the great last-second defensive plays ever. He's Larry Legend for a reason.
Game 2 of the 1999 WNBA Finals. New York vs. Houston. On the road, Liberty PG Theresa Weatherspoon connects from waaaaay downtown to tie up the series!
Magic. Skyhook vs. Celtics. NBA Finals. Good Night.
Double OT, team on your back time, you’re on Defense. D-Wade goes steal and floater from behind the three for the W. Too smooth, too clutch.
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No one was more clutch in big moments than Big Shot Rob. This was just one of many. Enjoy!
Just 11 months ago, LeBron James was leading the Miami Heat towards potential back-to-back NBA titles and the Golden State Warriors were up-and-coming challengers. LBJ played an overall amazing game, and the finishing touch was this sick game-winner with 0.1 left on the clock.
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