Magic's baby hook in the Garden, Robert Horry's miracle three to push the Lakers over the Kings, Jordan over Russell in Utah. All these shots have one thing in common: They lifted their teams, not just to victory in a game, not just in a series, but to an eventual World Championship.
These are the moments that morph great NBA players into legends, and burn into ours minds, as fans, where we were to witness it.
LeBron James is at the brink of becoming a legend before our eyes, and in only his sixth season no less. We haven't had to wait very long for LeBron to make a play for the throne.
But for all this to come to full fruition, the Cleveland Cavaliers must become the Eastern Conference Champions, and make a serious run at the title.
We have a tendency to forget the heroics of the vanquished.
Anyone remember where they were when the Sixers' Andre Iguodala hit his shot to beat the Magic in these 2009 playoffs? Anyone remember the Sixers were in the 2009 playoffs?
YouTube is packed with last-second shots that fall by the wayside, when compared to the seminal moments that make up the timeline of NBA history.
I give credit to Cleveland fans. They seem to have a full appreciation for their front row seats to greatness. It continues to be a compelling story, to see Cleveland finally get its moment in the sun, after decades of heartbreak in every sport possible.
NBA fans are enjoying the ride--inside of Cleveland and out. But with LeBron's future in Ohio uncertain, time may be running out for the ultimate payoff.
Dwight Howard said watching LeBron's shot on Friday night, "...was like watching a movie."
This story can go down in NBA lore, but it needs the right ending.