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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, 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. Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times
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