Game winning shots are the stuff that legends are made of.
Some are iconic players like Jerry West or Michael Jordan. Others were in the right place at the right time and seized the opportunity like John Paxson and Gar Heard.
Robert "Big Shot Bob" Horry and Derek Fisher seemed to capitalize when they are called on in crunch time.
What all of these players have in common is that their shots have put them into immortality. Their place in NBA lore was cemented because when their team needed them most, they hit a shot at a critical time.
7. Robert Horry - 2002 G4 Western Conference Finals vs. Sacramento
After falling behind two games to one, the Lakers faced a must-win Game Four.
Sacramento raced to a 40-20 lead after the first quarter. The Kings pushed that lead to 50-26 in the second quarter before the Lakers mounted a furious comeback.
Trailing by two, Kobe Bryant drove the lane and missed a layup. Shaquille O'Neal missed the follow tip in. Kings center Vlade Divac tipped the ball out, and it found Lakers Forward Robert Horry, AKA Big Shot Bob.
Horry buried a straight-away three-point shot to give the Lakers the win and even the series.
Paxson's gutsy shot was set up by a series of events. The Bulls failed to score in the first 6:09 of the fourth quarter.
With 39 seconds remaining, Phoenix still held a four point lead. Inexplicably, Michael Jordan took the ball coast to coast for a layup to cut the Suns lead to two.
With 14.1 seconds remaining, the Suns Dan Majerle shot an airball causing a shot clock violation. That set up the championship winning shot by the Bulls current boss.
In the team huddle, legendary coach Phil Jackson asked the team if they wanted to go for it? Do you want to go for the three? The answer was clearly yes, as Chicago put Paxson and fellow three-point sharp-shooters Trent Tucker and B.J. Armstrong on the court for the final play.
The Suns double teamed Jordan, forcing Scottie Pippen to take the in-bounds pass and become the facilitator for the final play.
Pippen drove the lane, passed to Horace Grant in the low post, who in turned passed out to Paxson on the three-point line.
Down two, Paxson did not hesitate; he let fire from beyond the line and gave the Bulls a fateful one-point lead with 3.1 seconds remaining.
After the Suns Kevin Johnson runner in the lane was blocked by Grant, the Bulls became only the third franchise in NBA history to win three consecutive titles.
It was the first time in 27 years an NBA team had accomplished that feat.
The most amazing thing about the Bulls win in Game six, was that they only scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. All the Bulls fourth-quarter points were scored by Jordan until Paxson's three-point shot.
Many refer to game five as "The Shot Heard Round the World." After Celtic John Havlicek gave the Celtics a one-point lead with two seconds remaining, a series of bizarre events began.
The game was being played in Boston and the Celtics timekeeper "allowed" time to run out. This was despite the fact it was clear that two seconds remained.
The Celtics players went to the locker room and the fans rushed the court, thinking the game had ended in a Celtics win. In the the interim, a Celtics fan attacked Referee Richie Powers after it was announced that the game was not over yet.
The Suns correctly pointed out to the officials that there was still time left. After the referees convened, they concluded one second should be put back on the clock.
After the Suns received the ball back, Suns guard Paul Westphal intentionally called time-out. This allowed them to advance the ball to half-court.
The consequence was that a technical foul was called. The Celtics Jo-Jo White hit a free throw to put the Celtics up two to set up Heard's heroics.
After the Suns utilized this strategy, the rule was changed. Initially the rule was changed to eliminated the advancement of the ball to half-court.
Eventually if a team called a timeout when they had none left, the opponent would receive a free throw and possession.
Suns Center-Forward Garfield Heard took the in-bounds pass after Westphal was covered. He launched a high arching turn around rainbow jumper from 20 feet away that fell in and pushed the game into a third overtime.
Although the shot is one of the most memorable in NBA History, the Celtics went on to win 128-126 in the third overtime. The game is considered the best in NBA History.
After an exhausting and dramatic game five in Boston, the series shifted the Phoenix. The Celtics would capture Game Six 87-80 to win their 13th NBA Championship.
2. Michael Jordan - 1989 G5 Eastern Conference First Round
Possibly the most famous shot by the most famous player. Three years after Jordan scored 63 points in a losing effort playoff effort against Boston, he put up legendary status No. 2 on his mantle.
With 3.1 seconds remaining, Cavalier guard Craig Ehlo scored on a layup to give the Cavaliers a one-point lead in game five of a best of seven series.
Jordan took the inbounds pass from Brad Sellers and as legendary Bulls announcer Jim Durham called "The inbounds pass comes in to Jordan. Here's Michael at the foul line, a shot on Ehlo...GOOD! The Bulls WIN!!! THEY WIN!!! The Chicago Bulls UPSET the Cleveland Cavaliers!"