NBA Playoffs 2011: Last Decade's 10 Most Exciting Overtime Games

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IMay 26, 2011

NBA Playoffs 2011: Last Decade's 10 Most Exciting Overtime Games

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    BOSTON - MAY 02:  John Salmons #15 of the Chicago Bulls tries to get around Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 2, 2009 in Boston, Massachuse
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    This postseason has brought us a plethora of exciting and absolutely mind-blowing games.

    The last decade has provided us with a great source of entertainment when it comes to overtime games.

    In no particular order, here is my ranking of the 10 most exciting games of the last decade that went into the extra frame.

Game 6, 2009 Eastern Conference First Round

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    BOSTON - MAY 02:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics tries to hang on to the ball as John Salmons #15 of the Chicago Bulls defends in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 2, 2009
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    Every NBA fan remembers this game.

    It was a 3-2 series leads for the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference's first round, but the Chicago Bulls simply wouldn't go away.

    It was the fourth game of the set that headed to extra periods, and this one was the most exciting because it provided us with a triple-overtime thriller.

    Joakim Noah's three-point play sealed a 128-127 victory.

    Ray Allen led all scorers with an astounding 51 points.

Game 5, 2007 Eastern Conference Finals

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    AUBURN HILLS, MI - MAY 31:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against the Detroit Pistons in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at The Palace of Auburn Hills on May 31, 2007 in Auburn Hills, Michigan
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    This game could perhaps be the one where LeBron James sealed his legacy as an all-time great.

    With the series tied at two and a trip to the NBA Finals on the line, James scored the final 25 points for the otherwise-mediocre Cavaliers, including all the overtime points.

    The Cavs won the game in the closing seconds of the second extra frame.

Game 4, 2009 Eastern Conference First Round

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    BOSTON - MAY 02:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics loses the ball as Kirk Hinrich #12 of the Chicago Bulls defends in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 2, 2009 in Boston, Mass
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    You didn't think this series was over, did you?

    While Game 6 definitely was the most exciting, that's not to say the fourth installment wasn't great either.

    20-year-old Derrick Rose led the Bulls to a double-overtime win, effectively evening the series at two.

Game 4, 2011 Western Conference Finals

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 23:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks looks on in overtime while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena on May 23, 2011 in Okla
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    A picture is worth a thousand words, so instead of waxing poetically about how Dirk Nowitzki led an epic comeback from 15 points down to take the game into overtime and win it easily, I'll show you the picture.

    Oops. I guess I just spilled the beans.

Game 5, 2009 Eastern Conference First Round

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    BOSTON - MAY 02:  Stephon Marbury #8 and Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics celebrate with teammate Paul Pierce #34 after Pierce drew the foul in the first half against the Chicago Bulls in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during
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    What is this blasphemy? Three games out of one series in the slideshow!

    In the all-time greatest first-round series, there were seven overtimes in as many games.

    This one took place in Game 5, where the already-gassed teams played one of the closest battles ever.

    Neither team held a double-digit lead, and the C's emerged victorious at the hands of Rajon Rondo's 28 points and 11 assists.

Game 4, 2009 NBA Finals

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    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic moves through the lane against Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86.  NOTE T
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    With a roster featuring the likes of Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol, no one expected Derek Fisher to drill the game-winning shot in overtime.

    Yet he did, boosting the Lakers to a 94-91 lead in overtime of Game 4 of the 2009 NBA Finals.

    The victory gave Los Angeles a 3-1 series lead.

Game 5, 2004 Eastern Conference Finals

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 15:  Brian Scalabrine #21 of the New Jersey Nets shoots against the Houston Rockets during the game on November 15, 2004 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Rockets won 80-69.  NOTE TO USER
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    Brian Scalabrine was the hero of this game, putting 17 on the board in overtime to help the Nets take a 3-2 series lead.

    After the Pistons hit a buzzer-beater to send the game into overtime, the "White Mamba" seized control and orchestrated a 127-120 victory that saw two extra frames.

Game 4, 2011 Western Conference Semifinals

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15:  Forward Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after making a three-point shot against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at Oklahoma
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    This game was an absolute thriller, and it's a shame half the country was sleeping when it ended around 1:45 a.m. EST.

    Nonetheless, a game that seemed to fall out of the both the Thunders' and Grizzlies' hands came to a halt in triple overtime when Oklahoma City came out of nowhere and sealed the deal with a 133-123 victory.

    It was exciting in the process, though. Three buzzer-beaters were barely missed by the two clubs.

    Marc Gasol had 26 points and 21 rebounds, and Zach Randolph had 34 points and boards—and they lost.

Game 1, 2001 NBA Finals

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    25 Nov 2001: Allen Iverson #3  of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on the court during the game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Raptors defeated the 76ers 107-88. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees tha
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    Allen Iverson put on one of the greatest playoff performances of the last decade when he scored 48 points in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals.

    In a game the Sixers won, lost, and won again, all within the span of 24 minutes, Iverson remained calm and hit every big shot he needed to, and Philly won in overtime by a score of 107-101.

Game 7, 2002 Western Conference Finals

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    LOS ANGELES - MAY 31:  Chris Webber #4  walks upcourt with Mike Bibby #10 of the Sacramento Kings in Game six of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2002 NBA Playoffs on May 31, 2002 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca
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    You didn't think I was leaving this one off the list?

    As controversial as it may be, Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals might be the most exciting game of the last decade.

    There were 19 lead changes in the game, and the Lakers edged the Kings by a score of 112-106.

    Mike Bibby of Sacramento proclaimed there would be more playoff games between the two, but there hasn't been one since.