LeBron James Upstaged By Euro Baller
The above picture shows LeBron James hitting a half-court buzzer-beater against the Chicago Bulls with Derrick Rose’s hand in his face, and splashing nothing but the bottom of the net. This was one of two buzzer-beaters he hit in Sunday’s game, as King James led the Cavs to a 23-point victory with a ridiculous triple double—37 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
As crazy as LeBron’s shot was (plus the fact he shot a half-court jumper as casually as if he was tossing a piece of paper into the trash), it wasn’t even the most impressive shot of the day, let alone the week/month/year. Having said that, to find something better we had to travel across the pond to Croatia and visit the site of the Adriatic League Final Four where Cibona (Croatia) were hosting Partizan (Serbia) in their grand final.
Coming back from six points down in the final few minutes of the game, Cibona (in the white) found themselves down by a point late in the game. Rebounding a missed free throw, they sprinted down court and hit a corner three with 0.6 seconds left, putting them up by two. Partizan inbounded the ball to Dusan Kecman, and check what happens next (pay very close attention at 0:24)…
Another angle of the final shot. Yep, it’s a three-quarter court buzzer-beater to win a championship.
Where does Kecman’s three-quarter court game-winner rank when compared to these NBA buzzer-beaters?
Derek Fisher’s 0.4 second shot against the San Antonio Spurs.
Jerry West’s half-court heave in the 1970 NBA Finals (interesting note—the Lakers were down two at the time and this shot only sent the game into overtime, as the three-point shot hadn’t been implemented by the NBA at this point).
Michael Jordan’s “go in or go home” hanging jump shot over Craig Ehlo.
And for the Knick fans, who can forget this Charles Smith classic from the 1993 playoffs (sorry New Yorkers, I had to do it)…
What’s the most famous buzzer beater in your team’s history?