Exhibit A — Raymond Felton’s step-back, five bounce three-pointer
When considering this shot for most improbably game-winner of the night, please consider that Felton is just a .322 career three-point shooter. Also consider that this shot came off a wild spin move/step back combo move that New York hasn’t seen since the halcyon days of Stephon Marbury and/or when the arcade down the street still had the “Virtua Fighter 3″ stand-up.
Exhibit B — Andrew Bogut’s flying tip-in
The degree of difficulty on this play is pretty incredible. Not only did Andrew Bogut have to jump over a 6-foot-11 guy and tip the ball in without even catching it, he had to do so on a pass from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute who has averaged 1.1 assists per game for his career. Not exactly the kind of trigger man usually behind these kinds of plays.
Exhibit C — Derek Fisher’s super-high layup
Derek Fisher buzzer beaters aren’t a new phenomenon. Clutch play is basically the reason he’s still in the league. However, for the life of me, I can’t remember any of his dramatic game-enders coming from anywhere inside the three-point line, let alone off of a hesitation step and drive maneuver.
These are all pretty awesome and it’s amazing they all happened on the same night. Throw in Rudy Gay’s overtime-forcing — but not technically “game-winning” — three against the Suns and last night was even more excellent. Really fun night.
Were I voting, I’d probably choose Fisher’s as the most unlikely, Bogut’s as the toughest and Felton’s as the most amazing. But I’d also be willing to accept cases for any of the other shots. In fact, I think you should do just that in the comments below. Let’s hear your favorites.