What is the greatest Clutch Shot in Laker history? There are several factors that help factor in deciding how clutch a shot is.
1. It must have occurred during the playoffs for it to be considered of significant importance.
2. It must be unexpected, unlikely.
3. It must have occurred near the end of the game, for it to have significance.
There are other factors too, such as it resulted in a championship or led to the Lakers advancing further in the playoffs. Which of the following is the greatest playoff shot of all-time? They're in Chronological order.
Bob Harrison Game Winner, 1950 NBA Finals Game 1 vs. Syracuse
In Game 1 of the 1950 NBA Finals, the Minneapolis Lakers were looking to defend their first championship as a franchise from the Syracuse Nationals. Bob Harrison nails this long shot at the buzzer to win game 1 and take control of the series.
Jerry West Steal + Layup Game Winner, 1962 NBA Finals Game 3 vs. Boston
This was what gave Jerry West the moniker, "Mr. Clutch". With the game tied at 115, West stepped in front of a pass from Sam Jones intended for Bob Cousy. West deflected the ball, raced down court and layed it in for a 2-1 series lead.
Jerry West 60-foot Game Winner 1970 NBA Finals Game 3 vs. New York
After splitting the first two games, Game 3 proved to be a shaky affair. Down 102-100, West took the inbounds pass from Wilt Chamberlain, dribbled up the court and launched it from half-court, tying the game at 102 and sending the game to overtime.
Magic Johnson "Junior Hook Shot", 1986 NBA Finals Game 4 vs. Boston
With the Lakers up 2-1, but down 103-102 and Bird, Parish and McHale coming at him, Magic steals Kareem's favorite shot, making it and putting the Lakers up by 1 with 2 seconds to go. The Lakers would go on to win the series in six games.
Nick Van Exel 3-point Game Winner, 1995 Western Conference Semifinals vs. San Antonio
Nick Van Exel hits a half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead against the Spurs.
Shaquille O'Neal off Kobe alley-oop, 2000 Western Conference Finals vs. Portland
Down by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter, the Lakers launch a 20-point comeback, started by Brian Shaw's clutch three and culminating in this alley-oop pass from Kobe Bryant. Kobe dribbled it around Pippen and lobbed it in the air for Shaq to slam down. From the brink of elimination, the Lakers were on their way to their first NBA finals in over a decade.
Robert Horry Game Winner, 2002 Western Conference Finals Game 4 vs. Sacramento
Down 2 games to 1 in the Conference Finals series and two points in game 4 against a talented Kings team, the Lakers looked to tie up the game and send it to overtime. Kobe drives in with 7 seconds left, misses a layup, Shaq misses a put-back, and Vlade Divac, the former Laker, swats it out to Horry at the three-point line who hits the shot as time expires, giving the Lakers the win and a 2-2 series tie. The Lakers would go on to win that series, as well as the finals and put a crown on their dynasty, while Robert Horry would again solidify his image as a clutch shooter and reinforce his moniker of "big-shot Rob".
Derek Fisher 0.4 Game Winner, 2004 Western Conference Semi-finals Game 5 vs. San Antonio
With the series tied 2-2, Kobe hits a jumper with 2 seconds left, but Tim Duncan hits a ridiculous falling jumper over an Shaq's outstretched hand leaving 0.4 seconds left. Kobe and Shaq being guarded, Payton in-bounds the ball to Fisher who barely has time to turn and shoot. The ball sinks the bottom of the net and just like that, the Lakers have escaped San Antonio with a 3-2 lead and a stunner for the ages.
Kobe Bryant 3-Pointer to Send Game To Overtime, 2004 NBA Finals Game 2 vs. Detroit
Down 1-0 in the series and by 3 points in the 2004 NBA Finals to the underdog Pistons team, the Lakers are on the verge of collapse. Kobe Bryant takes the ball dribbles across the court to the left side and hits a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left over Rip Hamilton to send the game into overtime. The Lakers would go on to win the game and tie the series 1-1.
Kobe Bryant Game Winner, 2006 Western Conference First Round Game 4 vs. Phoenix
Up 2-1 and at the risk of losing home-court advantage, Kobe hits a running floater to send the game into overtime. However, during overtime, the Suns go up by 1 with the ball to play. As the ball gets in-bounded to Steve Nash, the MVP, Luke Walton grabs it prompting a jump-ball. The Lakers win the jump ball which goes to Kobe, who proceeds to drive down the court and hit a fadeaway jumper near the free throw line at the buzzer to win the game for the Lakers, and take a 3-1 lead in the first round.
Kobe Bryant 3-Pointer For Win, 2009 Western Conference Finals Game 3 vs Denver
Trailing the entire game up until the fourth quarter, and with the series tied 1-1, Kobe Bryant hits a 3-pointer to put the Lakers up by 1 for good. This is perhaps the pivotal point in the series. The Lakers would go on to win the game and the series.
Derek Fisher 3-Pointer For Win, 2009 NBA Finals Game 4 vs. Orlando
Derek Fisher had been 0-5 in Game 4 of the NBA finals. The Magic, up by 3 points passed the ball to Dwight Howard who was subsequently fouled by Kobe. Howard missed both free throws which set up the Lakers to spread the floor and inbounded the ball from their own backcourt. Kobe passed to Ariza, who passed to Fisher, who sank a three-pointer, tying the game and sending it to overtime. Fisher would hit another clutch three-pointer afterwards and the Lakers never looked back as they went on to win their 15th NBA Championship.