The NBA Finals have started with a couple of blowouts, while the playoffs in general have been short on tight contests and thrilling finishes.
But NBA history is laced with countless memorable buzzer-beaters, and New York Knicks big man David Lee’s tip-in with one-tenth of a second remaining to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006 is surely one of the most iconic.
The scores were locked 109-109 in double overtime – after the Knicks had earlier erased a 19-point deficit – but the match seemed destined for a third extra period with the Knicks calling a time-out with 0.1 seconds on the timepiece.
Jamal Crawford fired the inbound pass towards the hoop, however, and the 23-year-old Lee guided the ball in for the match-winner with a delicate tip in extraordinary circumstances.
After five seasons with New York, Lee joined the Golden State Warriors in 2010 and stayed on the roster long off to celebrate in the franchise’s 2015 NBA Finals triumph.
Since then, he has had brief stints with the Celtics and Mavericks, while he will line up for the Spurs this season.