The legend of Anthony Davis continues to grow.
Anyone who watches pro basketball already knows that the New Orleans Pelicans center is a special player, but this past Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Davis took his game to the next level. That’s what happens when you knock down a double-clutch three-pointer at the buzzer.
This was an unbelievable shot made by one of the game’s young greats. But then again, that’s what clutch players do: They hit tough shots with the game on the line. The 2014-2015 season has been chock-full of other big-time moments.
Here are our top five most clutch shots from the NBA season so far.
1. Tobias Harris rises against the Hawks
This has been a season to forget for the Orlando Magic, who currently have a 16-38 record. However, their December 13 game against the Atlanta Hawks turned out to be a magical exception. This night belonged to the Magic’s Tobias Harris, who drove left and put up a leaning 13-foot jump shot that took down the Hawks at the buzzer.
2. Blake Griffin’s “lucky bounce” three-pointer
Los Angeles Clipper Blake Griffin has worked hard to be more than just a dunker in the NBA. Despite his evolution as a player, it may still take some more time for people to realize that he isn’t just a high flier. This game-winning overtime three-pointer against the Phoenix Suns will hopefully help his cause. Griffin might have gotten a lucky roll on December 9, but he’s definitely been putting in the work.
3. Monta Ellis beats the Bucks
Monta Ellis loves to shoot the rock, and he has a knack for putting up some crazy shots. But this game winner against the Milwaukee Bucks was complete insanity. With time running out, it appears that Ellis has nowhere to go. Don’t tell him that, though, as he pulls off a turnaround, fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lift the Dallas Mavericks to victory.
4. Lance Stephenson lifts the Hornets
Lance Stephenson might be a controversial figure, but there was nothing controversial about this buzzer-beater from the top of the key. The Charlotte Hornets needed a hero, and Stephenson loves the dramatics. He was ready to entertain. There are very few things more entertaining than banking in a three-pointer at the buzzer to win the game in double overtime.
5. Gordon Hayward gets this one to go
The Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward couldn’t hit the game winner for Butler in the national championship against the Duke Blue Devils. But that certainly wasn’t the case against the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 5. Hayward wasn’t rattled by the moment. His step-back, fadeaway splash at the buzzer was a thing of beauty, as well as a major crowd pleaser.