Derek Fisher and the 10 Greatest Clutch Shots In NBA History

By Brian Kalchik

Derek Fisher and the 10 Greatest Clutch Shots In NBA History

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10 years ago today, Derek Fisher hit one of the greatest shots in NBA History. With just 0.4 seconds remaining in Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals, Derek Fisher beat the buzzer to give the Lakers an improbable victory which would catapult them to the NBA Finals.

In honor of Fisher's miraculous shot, here are 10 of the greatest clutch shots in NBA history.

10. Steve Kerr, Game 6, 1997 NBA Finals

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10. Steve Kerr, Game 6, 1997 NBA Finals

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In the final seconds of Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals, Steve Kerr was the hero for the Chicago Bulls and not Michael Jordan. Kerr hit a series-winning shot to give the Bulls their fifth championship in the decade and the second title in their second three-peat.

9. Robert Horry, Game 5, 2005 NBA Finals

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9. Robert Horry, Game 5, 2005 NBA Finals

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Robert Horry cemented his "clutch" status as a San Antonio Spur in 2005. Horry sank a game-winning three in overtime of a crucial Game 5 to give the Spurs a 3-2 series lead against the defending champion Detroit Pistons. Horry and the Spurs would win the series in seven games, and Horry would win his sixth of seven championship rings.

8. Vinnie Johnson, Game 5, 1990 NBA Finals

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8. Vinnie Johnson, Game 5, 1990 NBA Finals

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The Pistons of the late 1980s and early 1990s would not become one of the best teams in NBA history without super sub Vinnie Johnson. In Game 5 of the 1990 NBA Finals with a chance to close out the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Johnson hit a buzzer-beater over Jerome Kersey to clinch Detroit's second of back-to-back championships.

7. Sean Elliott, Game 2, 1999 Western Conference Semifinals

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7. Sean Elliott, Game 2, 1999 Western Conference Semifinals

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Before the San Antonio Spurs went on to win the first of their four NBA Championships, forward Sean Elliott had to save the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals. In Game 2, Elliott hit a miracle three-pointer with his foot barely missing the out of bounds line, giving the Spurs a victory. The shot was named the "Memorial Day Miracle" and catapulted the Spurs to the 1999 NBA Championship.

6. Mario Elie, Game 7, 1995 Western Conference Semifinals

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6. Mario Elie, Game 7, 1995 Western Conference Semifinals

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Before the Rockets would win the second of their back-to-back championships in the mid 1990s, they had to come back from a 3-1 series deficit against the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Semifinals. With just seven seconds remaining, Elie hit a series-deciding three. The shot was appropriately titled "The Kiss of Death".

5. John Paxson, Game 6, 1993 NBA Finals

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5. John Paxson, Game 6, 1993 NBA Finals

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With a two-point lead in the closing seconds of Game 6, the Phoenix Suns were almost ready to force a Game 7 in Phoenix against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. This time, instead of Michael Jordan being the hero, John Paxson hit a series-clinching three that would give the Bulls their third championship in their first three-peat of the 1990s.

4. Robert Horry, Game 4, 2002 Western Conference Finals

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4. Robert Horry, Game 4, 2002 Western Conference Finals

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In one of the greatest playoff series in NBA history, Robert Horry and the Los Angeles Lakers trailed the Sacramento Kings two games to one in the 2002 Western Conference Finals. With the Kings holding a two-point lead with seconds remaining, the ball found Horry at the three-point line and he swished the game-winner. The Lakers would go on to win the series in seven games and their third championship of the decade.

3. Sam Jones, 1969 NBA Finals, Game 4

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3. Sam Jones, Game 4, 1969 NBA Finals

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Down two games to one in the 1969 NBA Finals to Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics needed another Miracle in the Boston Garden and got it with Sam Jones. In what is now known as the "Picket Fence Play", Jones hit a bank shot at the buzzer to tie the series. The Celtics would eventually win the series in seven games.

2. Magic Johnson, Game 4, 1987 NBA Finals

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2. Magic Johnson, Game 4, 1987 NBA Finals

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With the Los Angeles Lakers looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead against Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics, Magic Johnson made a clutch hook shot in the final seconds of Game 4 to seal a victory. The shot would become known as the "Baby Sky Hook" and was one of Magic's greatest shots of all time. The Lakers would win the series in six games, and Johnson took a 2-1 Finals advantage over Bird.

1. Michael Jordan, Game 6, 1998 NBA Finals

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1. Michael Jordan, Game 6, 1998 NBA Finals

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The greatest shot in Michael Jordan's storied career came in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. In what would become Jordan's final game as a Chicago Bull, Jordan hit a clutch two over Utah's Bryon Russell to give the Bulls a lead they would not relinquish. The shot would seal Jordan's legacy as the greatest player who ever played the game.

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