They don't grab scoring titles or All-Star MVPs or even front page headlines. They are the NBA's role players, members of the supporting cast that keep the score close so that those who are often spectacular can finish things off when the series is on the line.
Once in a while, however, these players carry their teams. And in those moments, they become something more than role players -- they become superstars. Throughout the 2005 NBA Playoffs trek to the The Finals, NBA.com takes a look at those players and their one glorious moment in the postseason:
Video: Memorial Day Miracle
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Game 2 of the 1999 Western Conference Finals
On a team with Tim Duncan and David Robinson, San Antonio swingman Sean Elliott was often option No. 3. On this day, the number three would be very important. Trailing Portland all game and by as many as 18 points as late as the third quarter, the Spurs found themselves down 85-83 with 12 seconds remaining.
Elliott, coming off a screen set by center David Robinson in the low post, roped in a pass nearly picked off by Portland's Stacey Augmon. Elliott's momentum carried him to the sideline, where he pirouetted to avoid stepping out of bounds. On his toes and with little time to set himself, Elliott launched a high-arcing jumper from the corner over the extended hand of Portland forward Rasheed Wallace. After the ball dropped through the bottom of the net, the Spurs went ahead 86-85, giving them their first lead of the game. Moments later, they led the series 2-0 and never looked back.
"When I caught it, I thought I was going to fall out of bounds," said Elliot, who canned 6-of-7 three-pointers that night. "I felt good the whole game. Sometimes you get in a situation where you feel that you can't miss."
The Spurs used the play, which came to be known as the "Memorial Day Miracle," as a springboard to the NBA Finals, where they defeated the Knicks in five for San Antonio's first NBA title.