Last Second Slingers

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Every kid who loves basketball has practiced the last-second shot.  Dribbling, by yourself, imagining the crowd cheering as the clock ticks down. “Down by one, this is for the game, 3….2….1….the shot IS GOOD!  And the crowd goes wild!  <crowd noise – aaaaa>”

Even the simple end-of-quarter shot can sometimes feel epic, when executed right.  For some it is a life-long dream that never comes true.  For some, it’s a regular occurrence.  These players hogged the last-second shot for an entire game.  Here’s a list (since the 2000-01 season) of players who took a shot with two seconds or less left in all four quarters of the same basketball game.

On Feb. 10, 2008, Damon Stoudamire decided to take all the last-second shots against Boston.  This was the year he played on San Antonio (yeah, I had forgotten too).  He only played 31 games for the Spurs, but was determined to make the most of those games!  Unfortunately for the Spurs, he missed all four shots.

Four different players did the same thing and made one shot.

  • James Harden (2/3/2017 vs. Chicago) – made a shot at the end of the 3rd quarter to keep Houston in the game.  Missed the game-winner at the end of regulation, but scored six points in overtime to help win the game.
  • James Johnson (12/30/2016 vs. Boston) – made a meaningless three at the end of the 4th.
  • Carmelo Anthony (2/5/2014 vs. Portland) – made an 18-footer at the end of the 1st.
  • Baron Davis (12/30/2005 vs. Dallas) – made a long two at the end of the fourth quarter to win the game for the Warriors!

Raymond Felton and Khris Middleton both did this and made 2 of the 4 shots.  Felton did it on Feb. 17, 2009 against Orlando.  He made shots at the end of the 2nd and 3rd quarters, but missed a game winner at the end of regulation and Charlotte lost in overtime.  Middleton did it on Nov. 11, 2015 against Denver. He made shots in the 1st and 2nd quarters, but missed in the 3rd and 4th, which would have been a game winner.

Put all those aside, however, because this stat has a clear champion, and his name is Gilbert Arenas.  Gilbert has taken last second shots in every quarter on three separate occasions!

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