Buzzer-beaters and overtime thrillers are most prevalent in the game of basketball, and especially the NBA. Spectacular finishes give the league some extra spice and make it appeal to the average sports fan—even one that claims to not like basketball.
In the NBA, the playoffs are on the horizon and the Finals are a not-too-distant dream. Players around the league are trying to establish themselves as go-to-guys at the end of games.
It seems like every night at least one player gets a look at the basket with the game on the line. Whether or not he cashes in on the opportunity can make or break a team's playoff chances.
The Miami Heat have struggled late in games, leading some to believe that they'll be nervous under the pressure in the postseason. The San Antonio Spurs worked their way into the spotlight with a plethora of close wins earlier in the season.
Although the Spurs have been sliding down the stretch, they have proved their ability to win games in the waning moments of games. The Heat still have to prove that they're battle-tested to get respect in April.
Last-second shots have been aplenty this season. When each team plays 82 games, it's pretty fair to assume some games are going to come down to the wire.
Here are the 25 most exciting finishes of the NBA season as of Wednesday, April 6.