NBA Buzzer Beaters: Best clutch plays so far this season

There have already been some memorable game-winning plays in the young NBA season. Here are the five best buzzer beaters so far.

5. Derrick Rose vs Boston Celtics 

The only buzzer-beater on this list that wasn’t a game-winner, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Derrick Rose made a difficult 3-point play look easy to to end the third quarter against the Celtics on opening night. The Celtics were up 71-69 with 4.7 seconds left of the third quarter in an intense and highly emotional game. Tristan Thompson fed the ball to Rose, who dribbled it up the court and with 0.9 seconds left on the clock and made a leaping contested 3-pointer. That sent his side into the fourth quarter leading 72-71, with the Cavs going on to win the game, 102-99.

4. Damian Lillard vs Los Angeles Lakers

Damian Lillard is one of those players we've come to love over the years for his spectacular clutch ability. In a tight game against the Lakers which looked destined for overtime, Lillard took control and put a dagger in the Lakers' hopes of victory. With mere seconds left, Lillard slowly advanced the ball to the 3-point line, where he was guarded by the lengthy Brandon Ingram. In spite of the close attention, Lillard hit the step-back 3-pointer in Ingram's face to hand the Blazers a 113-110 lead with 0.7 seconds remaining.

3. Blake Griffin vs Portland Trail Blazers

Blake Griffin is now the Los Angeles Clippers' leader, which requires him to step up in the big moments when his team needs him the most. He did just that against the Trail Blazers, in the process showing off his newfound ability from beyond the arc. With the Trail Blazers up 103-101 with 5.9 seconds left, Danilo Gallinari in-bounded the ball to Patrick Beverley, who swung it over to Blake just outside the 3-point line. Griffin briefly dribbled to find the space he needed, and with a second left the Clippers' main man nailed the walk-off 3-pointer. 

2. Eric Gordon vs Philadelphia 76ers

Eric Gordon is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league, no doubt. The 2017 NBA 3-point contest champion showed just how good he is against the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this season. With just 6.4 seconds left of the game and the 76ers up 104-102, Gordon received the ball from a James Harden pass, stepped to the right and out of the path of the oncoming defender, and splashed the 3-pointer to beat the buzzer. That gave the Rockets a 105-104 win in a game that they look destined to lose.

1. Andrew Wiggins vs Oklahoma City Thunder

As things stand, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder are likely to be the two teams fighting for fourth place in the Western Conference. The thrilling finale to their October 22 meeting may have a big part to play in who nabs that seeding. In that game, the Thunder led at home, 113-112, after Carmelo Anthony nailed a 3-pointer that look to be the match winner. 

But Andrew Wiggins had something to say about that as he produced an early contender for play of the season. The play saw Taj Gibson in-bound the ball to Wiggins, who frantically dribbled up the court and pulled up from beyond the arc just past the Thunder center-court logo. With the hands of Steven Adams and Alex Abrines in his face, Wiggins cold-bloodedly banked in the buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lead the Timberwolves to a 115-113 win.

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