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A game-winning buzzer-beater is one of the best play basketball fans can see, but it’s also one of the most demanding and hardest plays to make. Only a few people can drain that shot to end a game and give the W to their team.

On the other side, others have gotten used to scoring those points that define a match or a series. Just like game-winning buzzer-beaters are important, game-winning assists have also earned a special place in fans’ memories.

Today, we’re going to take a look at the 10 players with the most game-winning buzzer-beaters in NBA history.

**Stats provided by Basketball Reference**

 

10. Andre Iguodala 

5 game-winning buzzer-beaters

(via USATODAY.com)

1. Jan 22, 2006, PHI @ MIN

2. Dec 22, 2007, PHI @ MEM

3. Mar 17, 2009, PHI @ LAL

4. Nov 14, 2013, GSW vs. OKC

5. Jan 3, 2014, GSW @ ATL

 

9. Gilbert Arenas 

5 game-winning buzzer-beaters

1. Apr 9, 2004, WAS @ PHI

2. May 4, 2005, WAS @ CHI (Playoffs)

3. Jan 3, 2007, WAS vs. MIL

4. Jan 15, 2007, WAS vs. UTA

5. Mar 21, 2007, WAS @ SEA

 

8. Vince Carter 

5 game-winning buzzer-beaters

(via FOX Sports Asia)

1. Mar 1, 2000, TOR @ BOS

2. Mar 8, 2000, TOR @ LAC

3. Jan 29, 2007, NJN @ UTA

4. Jan 2, 2009, NJN vs. ATL

5. Apr 26, 2014, DAL vs. SAS (Playoffs)

 

7. Kevin Garnett 

5 game-winning buzzer-beaters

1. Apr 10, 2000, MIN vs. DET

2. Dec 7, 2003, MIN @ LAC

3. Jan 5, 2000, MIN vs. PHI

4. Mar 25, 2007, MIN vs. POR

5. Nov 22, 2009, BOS @ NYK

 

6. Dwyane Wade 

5 game-winning buzzer-beaters

(via CBS Sports)

1. Nov 19, 2004, MIA vs. UTA

2. Mar 15, 2005, MIA @ NYK

3. Dec 22, 2007, MIA vs. UTA

4. Mar 9, 2009, MIA vs. CHI

5. Feb 27, 2019, MIA vs. GSW

 

5. Paul Pierce 

7 game-winning buzzer-beaters

1. Dec 10, 2000, BOS vs. DEN

2. Nov 27, 2001, BOS @ MIA

3. Nov 10, 2004, BOS vs. POR

4. Mar 7, 2006, BOS @ WAS

5. Dec 9, 2006, BOS @ NJN

6. Apr 23, 2010, BOS @ MIA (Playoffs)

7. May 9, 2015, WAS vs. ATL (Playoffs)

 

4. LeBron James 

7 game-winning buzzer-beaters

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1. Jan 23, 2009, CLE @ GSW

2. May 22, 2009, CLE vs. ORL (Playoffs)

3. May 22, 2013, MIA vs. IND (Playoffs)

4. May 10, 2015, CLE @ CHI (Playoffs)

5. Feb 7, 2018, CLE vs. MIN

6. Apr 25, 2018, CLE vs. IND (Playoffs)

7. May 5, 2018, CLE vs. TOR (Playoffs)

 

3. Joe Johnson 

8 game-winning buzzer-beaters

1. Dec 6, 2007, ATL vs. MIN

2. Mar 19, 2010, ATL vs. CHA

3. Dec 14, 2012, BRK vs. DET

4. Feb 19, 2013, BRK vs. MIL

5. Nov 15, 2013, BRK @ PHO

6. Jan 2, 2014, BRK @ OKC

7. Feb 8, 2016, BRK vs. DEN

8. Apr 15, 2017, UTA @ LAC (Playoffs)

 

2. Kobe Bryant 

8 game-winning buzzer-beaters

(via archyde)

1. Feb 22, 2002, LAL @ CHH

2. Apr 4, 2003, LAL @ MEM

3. Dec 19, 2003, LAL vs. DEN

4. Apr 14, 2004. LAL @ POR

5. Apr 30, 2006, LAL vs. PHO (Playoffs)

6. Dec 4, 2009, LAL vs. MIA

7. Dec 16, 2009, LAL @ MIL

8. Jan 1, 2010, LAL vs. SAC

 

1. Michael Jordan 

9 game-winning buzzer-beaters

1. May 7, 1989, CHI @ CLE (Playoffs)

2. Nov 13, 1990, CHI @ UTA

3. Nov 11, 1992, CHI vs. DET

4. May 17, 1993, CHI @ CLE (Playoffs)

5. Mar 25, 1995. CHI @ ATL

6. Feb 11, 1997. CHI vs. CHH

7. Jun 1, 1997, CHI vs. UTA (Playoffs)

8. Feb 13, 1998 CHI vs. ATL

9. Jan 31, 2002 WAS @ CLE

We can find some interesting facts on this list. Starting from the fact that LeBron James’ 7 game-winning buzzer-beaters, five were in the playoffs. Bron leads in playoffs, with 5, Jordan has 3, Pierce has 2 while Kobe and Joe have 1.

Back in 1974, Barry Clemens came off the bench to play 2 minutes and scored the game-winning buzzer-beater.

The Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons have by far the most losses against buzzer-beaters at 39 each.

Elden Campbell owned the worst shooting percentage, as he once went 1/10 shooting but hit the game-winner.

When we talk about game-winning assists, there is one name that stands out the most: Paul Pierce.

The Boston Celtics legend not only made 7 game-winning buzzer-beaters but also has the most game-winning assists with 5 (to 5 different players).

• Pierce – 12 (7 made/5 assisted)

• Michael Jordan – 10 (9/1)

• Kobe Bryant – 8 (8/0)

• Vince Carter – 8 (5/3)

• LeBron James – 8 (7/1)

• Joe Johnson – 8 (8/0)

Curiously (or not), Kobe Bryant never assisted for a game-winning shot. Kobe would never pass up the game-winner.

We’ll certainly keep watching these type of plays, but it’s fair to say some of these records are safe right now.

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