A historical timeline of Carmelo Anthony's game-winners

Melo in the clutch

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:

Date: Nov. 26, 2010
Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Scene: Pepsi Center, Denver
The Shot: After catching the ball near the three-point line, Anthony raises up over Bulls forward Luol Deng and shoots a 23-foot jumper from the right wing. The ball falls through the net as the buzzer sounds, giving the Nuggets a 98-97 win over the Bulls. Anthony had missed a shot from nearly the same spot against Dallas three weeks earlier.

Date: March 26, 2009
Opponent: Toronto Raptors
Scene: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
The Shot: Seconds after missing a potential game-winner, Anthony winds up with the ball when his teammates win a mad scramble for the rebound. Anthony doesn't let the Raptors off the hook a second time, releasing an 18-foot jumper from the right elbow just as time expires. The 97-96 victory ends Denver's three-game losing streak.

Date: Feb. 18, 2010
Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers
Scene: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
The Shot: Guarded by his friend and Team USA teammate LeBron James, Anthony hits a 20-foot jumper from the left wing with 1.9 seconds remaining to give Denver a 118-116 win over Cleveland. The Nuggets snap the Cavaliers' 13-game winning streak in the process.

Date: May 9, 2009
Opponent: Dallas Mavericks
Scene: American Airlines Center, Dallas
The Shot: With a foul to give in the final seconds, the Mavericks try to foul Anthony in front of their bench but get no whistle. Anthony suddenly finds himself unguarded and knocks down a 25-foot three-pointer with one second left to give Denver a 106-105 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals. The win put the Nuggets ahead 3-0 in the series, and they went on to win in five games.

Date: Feb. 4, 2009
Opponent: Oklahoma City Thunder
Scene: Ford Center, Oklahoma City
The Shot: Upon seeing the middle of the lane inexplicably open up in front of him, Anthony drives to the basket for a go-ahead layup with 5.3 seconds remaining, and the Nuggets hang on for a 114-113 win over Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Anthony finishes with a double-double of 32 points and 11 assists.

Date: Jan. 2, 2009
Opponent: Oklahoma City Thunder
Scene: Ford Center, Oklahoma City
The Shot: Not to be outdone by rising star Kevin Durant, Anthony trumps Durant's go-ahead three-pointer with one of own, a 24-footer from the left corner with one-tenth of a second left on the clock. The shot stuns the crowd and caps a 31-point, nine-rebound performance for Anthony.

Date: April. 6, 2006
Opponent: Los Angeles Lakers
Scene: Pepsi Center, Denver
The Shot: With four game-winners to his credit in the previous three months, Anthony adds to the routine with a 19-foot jumper with 3.8 seconds left to give Denver a 110-108 victory over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Anthony was 11-for-29 from the floor before his final shot but still finished with 33 points.

Date: March 15, 2006
Opponent: Indiana Pacers
Scene: Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
The Shot: With the Nuggets nearing the end of a seven-game road trip, Anthony makes an 18-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left to give Denver a 101-99 win over the Pacers. Anthony tops the 30-point mark for the third game in a row, finishing with 31.

Date: Feb. 24, 2006
Opponent: Minnesota Timberwolves
Scene: Target Center, Minneapolis
The Shot: Pinned against the sideline with virtually no room to release a shot over the outstretched arms of Minnesota forward Trenton Hassell, Anthony launches a rainbow three-pointer that somehow finds the bottom of the net with 3.4 seconds left. After the Nuggets hold on for a 102-101 win over the Timberwolves, Anthony calls it, "the best of any big shot I've hit."

Date: Jan. 10, 2006
Opponent: Phoenix Suns
Scene: Pepsi Center, Denver
The Shot: Bloodied but unbowed, Anthony ends an epic triple-overtime thriller against the Suns with a 17-foot pull-up jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining to give Denver a 139-137 victory. Anthony, who beat Houston in similar fashion two days earlier, finishes with 43 points and a tissue in his nose after being hit in the face earlier in the game.

Date: Jan. 8, 2006
Opponent: Houston Rockets
Scene: Toyota Center, Houston
The Shot: Despite struggling with his shot for much of the night (7-for-17), Anthony doesn't hesitate to take a 15-footer that breaks a 90-90 tie with one second remaining. He finishes with 19 points, snapping a streak of 18 straight games with a least 20.

Date: Feb. 15, 2005
Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Scene: Philips Arena, Atlanta
The Shot: Considering Anthony was still in preschool when Denver last won a road game against the Hawks, the Nuggets were due to break a 14-game losing streak in Atlanta. Anthony made it happen, hitting a 14-foot jumper with nine-tenths of a second left to break a 96-96 tie.

Date: Dec. 15, 2004
Opponent: Boston Celtics
Scene: FleetCenter, Boston
The Shot: Paul Pierce scored 31 points, but Anthony left the Celtics in a sour holiday mood when he made a 19-foot jumper with 3.6 seconds left to help Denver escape Boston with a 100-99 victory. Anthony finished with 25 points.

Date: Dec. 17, 2004
Opponent: Seattle SuperSonics
Scene: Key Arena, Seattle
The Shot: It took just 25 games for Anthony to establish himself as one of the NBA's best clutch performers. Given the ball with the game on the line, the rookie made his first career game-winning shot, scoring on a layup with six seconds left as the Nuggets beat the Sonics 99-98.


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