The 60 Greatest Playoff Moments: Honorable Mention
Which moments received votes but missed out on being ranked among the Top 60? Check out the 60 Greatest Playoff Moments Honorable Mention List presented in chronological order.
The Golden State Warriors entered the playoffs riding a 50-win season and their new budding superstar, Chris Webber, but found themselves in an 0-2 deficit. Always one to make a lasting impression on the NBA’s newest talent, Charles Barkley scores a career playoff-high 56 points as the Suns close out the Warriors, 140-133.
Having blown a 2-0 series lead, the Knicks were facing the unthinkable when they trailed Indiana 90-89 in the final minute of Game 7. However, the prayers of the Garden crowd were answered when Patrick Ewing rose up and slammed home a missed layup by John Starks with 26.9 seconds remaining. Almost fittingly, Reggie Miller airballed a last gasp three-point attempt and the Knicks closed the game out at the free throw line to advance to the Finals on the back of Ewing and his 24 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists.
Kenny Smith took advantage of Nick Anderson missing four consecutive free throws in the final 10.5 seconds – and buried the game-tying three pointer to send the game into overtime where Hakeem Olajuwon tipped in a Clyde Drexler miss with three-tenths of a second remaining, as the Rockets prevailed 120-118. Smith set a Finals record with seven three-pointers in the game.
Down 107-104 with 4.3 seconds remaining, Rex Chapman catches a cross-court inbounds pass from Jason Kidd and in one motion, lets fly in full stride as his momentum is carrying him out of bounds, only to have the ball swish through the net and send the game into overtime. The Suns would go on to lose the contest to Seattle, 122-115, and eventually the series, in Game 5.
With what may be the greatest pass of all time, John Stockton’s gutsy full-court pass thrown over Michael Jordan finds Karl Malone with little over a minute left in Game 4, resulting in a layup and a lead that Utah wouldn’t relinquish
With Patrick Ewing's season ending after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Indiana, the Knicks needed a magic moment in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden, and they got it when Larry Johnson broke a 1-1 series tie with his game-winning four-point play.
Against an eighth-seeded Knick team playing without an injured Patrick Ewing, “The Little General,” Avery Johnson, hits a baseline jumper with 47 seconds left putting the Spurs up by one. Latrell Sprewell, who scores 35 in the game, can’t manage a quality shot in the final seconds as the Spurs hold on to win the championship, 78-77.
Though the Pacers lost the contest and the series, Miller made one of the great buzzer-beaters in playoff history -- a line-drive banker from 35 feet as the horn sounded -- to force overtime, then caught the Nets off guard with a driving dunk that forced the second OT.
Pulling off the greatest comeback in postseason history, the Celtics rallied from a 21-point deficit starting the fourth quarter to upend New Jersey 94-90. Paul Pierce scored 19 of his 28 points in the fourth period and Antoine Walker blocked a potential game-tying three-pointer by Keith Van Horn in the closing moments as the Celtics took a 2-1 lead in a series they would eventually lose in six games.
In a playoff classic that sees three overtime periods, Chauncey Billups banks in a running 40-footer at the end of regulation to tie the game at 88. However, his heroics are rendered meaningless by the unlikeliest of heroes, Brian Scalabrine, who hits a key three-pointer in the third overtime period on his way to a career-high 17 points as the Nets prevail 127-120 over the Pistons.
Tayshaun Prince made one of the all-time great defensive plays, racing back to block what seemed like an inevitable game-tying layup by Reggie Miller, who had been all alone on the fast break, as the Pistons won 72-67.
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