Basketball games are fantastic to watch because they are so end-to-end. In the tightest games, every point matters. The best scores happen in the most dramatic of circumstances. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the great game-winning shots in NBA history. This is when the best players stand up and show their ability to handle pressure in the clutch.
Many of these are buzzer-beaters because these are usually the most dramatic scores. However, there are a few scores on this list that were simply too good to leave off despite occurring with a little bit more time left. Maybe their impact was significant or it could be that they were just from a crazy distance. Check out the list below via Sportscasting and the ICT Zone.
30. Kevin Durant vs. Dallas Mavericks (2011)
The Oklahoma City Thunder definitely miss Durant. One of their greatest-ever players, he delivered when it counted for the franchise. A case in point was in 2011 when they played the Mavericks during the regular season. Dallas led 102-101 with barely two seconds left to play. It looked like a single point would be enough for the Mavericks to secure a win.
But of course, this is basketball and a one-point lead is never enough. Thabo Sefolosha got past Dirk Nowitzki and passed the ball to the waiting Durant. He duly obliged with one of the great scores of his Oklahoma era. Durant’s accuracy was lethal because he didn’t even dribble closer to the ring. It was instinctual. He knew where the basket was and then the Thunder won the game.