Tony Parker is a three-time NBA champion. In 2007, he won the NBA Finals MVP award. That's quite the career—and he just turned 31.
But in Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals, he reached true immortality.
Yes, even in a rings-or-bust league, one thing trumps all: performance in the clutch.
By making one of the most improbable, head-scratching shots in history, Parker put himself into every future finals highlight video that will ever be made.
Stats, All-Star appearances and even championships can fade in time. For most sports fans, they fall into the Wikipedia trivia category.
But clutch shots?
They are forever.
Parker's shot doesn't quite rank up there with the absolute best of the best. The San Antonio Spurs already had the lead and very well could have won the game even if his miracle shot was ruled a 24-second violation. And it was ultimately Parker's fault that the play became such a comedy of errors and near turnovers that the buzzer-beating release was necessary.
Still, in the modern era, where every big-time shot is hyped that much more, and in an era when the official review of the play added some requisite drama, this one was special.
Just not as special as those that follow: the most memorable game-winning and overtime-forcing shots of all time.
These are the best clutch shots in finals history.
NOTE: Sam Jones and Don Nelson both hit game-winners for the Boston Celtics in the 1960s, but since neither appears on YouTube, neither appears on this list. Both deserve praise.