33. Kobe Bryant vs. Detroit Pistons, Game 2 NBA Finals, June 8, 2004.

The setting: On the verge of falling behind 2-0 in the series, <a href="http://projects.latimes.com/lakers/player/kobe-bryant/">Bryant</a> hit a three-point shot from 28 feet with 2.1 seconds left to tie the score at 89-all at <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLREC000037101" title="Staples Center" href="/topic/sports/staples-center-PLREC000037101.topic">Staples Center</a>.<br>
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The significance: Bryant’s basket, which came after the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000099" title="Detroit Pistons" href="/topic/sports/basketball/detroit-pistons-ORSPT000099.topic">Pistons</a> decided not to foul him with a three-point lead, sent the game to overtime. The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000104" title="Los Angeles Lakers" href="/topic/sports/basketball/los-angeles-lakers-ORSPT000104.topic">Lakers</a> outscored Detroit, 10-2, in the extra five minutes for a 99-91 victory. After the game, Bryant called his basket “the biggest shot I would ever hit.” It proved to be the last highlight for the Lakers, as they lost the next three games in Detroit in one of the Finals’ biggest upsets.
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( Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times )

The setting: On the verge of falling behind 2-0 in the series, Bryant hit a three-point shot from 28 feet with 2.1 seconds left to tie the score at 89-all at Staples Center.

The significance: Bryant’s basket, which came after the Pistons decided not to foul him with a three-point lead, sent the game to overtime. The Lakers outscored Detroit, 10-2, in the extra five minutes for a 99-91 victory. After the game, Bryant called his basket “the biggest shot I would ever hit.” It proved to be the last highlight for the Lakers, as they lost the next three games in Detroit in one of the Finals’ biggest upsets.

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