Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony added to his reputation as “Captain Clutch” on Friday night when he hit a 23-foot jumper as time expired to give Denver a 98-97 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Anthony now has made 14 career game-winning baskets in the final seven seconds, 13 during the regular season and one in the playoffs. Of those shots, 12 have been jumpers and 11 have silenced opposing crowds on the road.
During the regular season, Anthony is an impressive 15-of-33 on shots to either take the lead or tie the game in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime (he made a jumper against Portland to force OT with a playoff spot on the line as a rookie in 2004).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his .455 success rate stands as the highest percentage for any NBA player (minimum 20 attempts) in those situations during the regular season since Anthony entered the league in 2003-04.
Among all active players, Anthony’s 13 regular-season game-winners rank fourth in the NBA, behind only Kobe Bryant (21), Vince Carter (15) and his teammate Chauncey Billups (15).
His one playoff winner came against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of the 2009 Western Conference semifinals.
Here is a closer look at Anthony's late-game heroics: