There’s nothing sports fans love to discuss more than an iconic play. What makes a play iconic? Often it’s because of the magnitude of the occasion and the composure of the athlete in clutch situations. But sometimes it’s because of a unique piece of improvisation and individual brilliance.
These plays come in all kinds of sports. Today we’ll take a look at everything from NFL to NBA. We chronicled iconic moments from professional sports as well as college games. They’re all brilliant and entertaining. Check out the list below via Reddit and Bleacher Report.
30. The 4-Point Play
“Larry Johnson’s 4-point play for the win in the playoffs against the Pacers was the greatest sporting moment I have witnessed,” SheepishEffect wrote. New York Knicks fans haven’t had a lot to celebrate over the decades, but this was definitely an iconic moment. It occurred in 1999 against the Indiana Pacers in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Depleted after losing Patrick Ewing to injury in the previous game, the Knicks were up against it. But Larry Johnson turned it on and entered Knicks folklore with a stellar three-pointer while being fouled at the same time. Somehow, he held his nerve to score the game-winning free throw under pressure. All of this sent the crowd into a frenzy, which only added to the intensity of the moment.