2005, Game 5 – San Antonio Spurs 96, Detroit Pistons 95 (OT)
Robert “Big Shot Rob” Horry Goes Off, Hits Game-Winning 3 with 5.8 seconds Left to Give Spurs 3-2 Series Lead
Robert Horry had one of the most impressive, clutch performances in NBA Finals history in Game 5 of the 2005 Finals between the Spurs and the Pistons. Not only did he hit the game-winning three-pointer with under 6 seconds to go, but he dominated the end of the game, putting up 21 points over the course of the fourth quarter and overtime, single-handedly carrying the Spurs to victory in a critical game. The Spurs eventually closed out the defending champion Pistons in Game 7.
Horry was never close to being the best player on any team he played on, but he served as proof that having clutch role players is key for championship-caliber teams, as he won seven, that’s right, seven NBA titles over the course of his career—two for the Rockets, three for the Lakers and two more for the Spurs, putting up several huge playoff performances in close games along the way.