Ron Artest (center) earned a spot in Lakers lore with his game-winning shot in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, and joined a long list of big shots in Lakers playoff history.
Pau Gasol’s putback to beat Thunder, first round
Gasol rebounds Kobe Bryant’s missed jumper and scores with a half-second left to give L.A. a 95-94 win at Oklahoma City and eliminate the Thunder in Game 6 of their tough series.
Kobe Bryant’s tying three vs. Pistons, 2004 Finals
Bryant's three with 2.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Game 2 forced overtime, in which L.A. pulled it out 99-91 to even the series. However, it was the Lakers’ only win as Detroit won the championship.
Kobe Bryant sets Suns, 2006 first round
Bryant’s jumper over two Suns lifted L.A. to a 99-98 win and a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 series lead. But Phoenix rallied to pull off the first of two straight first-round knockouts of the Lakers.
Derek Fisher’s tying three vs. Magic, 2009 Finals
Fisher all but clinches L.A.’s 15th championship in Game 4 at Orlando, hitting the game-tying three with 4.6 seconds left in regulation and drilling another in OT to lift the Lakers to a 99-91 win and a 3-1 series lead. L.A. closed out the Magic in Game 5.
Ron Artest’s putback to sink Suns
Needing to redeem himself after missing an ill-advised three a minute earlier, Artest catches Kobe Bryant’s desperation airball and banks it in at the buzzer to give L.A. a 103-101 win over Phoenix and a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
Shaq slams door on Blazers, 2000 conference finals
Shaquille O’Neal‘s dunk off an alley-oop from Kobe Bryant capped the Lakers’ rally from 15 down in the fourth quarter of Game 7 for an 89-84 win. Facing an L.A. team with the best record in the league, Portland had won two straight to force Game 7. But the collapse paved the way for the Lakers to win the first of three straight championships.
Jerry West’s tying 60-footer vs. Knicks, 1970 Finals
West's impossible shot, launched from beyond midcourt in the final second, sent Game 3 to overtime. However, West came up empty in OT as the Lakers lost and Willis Reed inspired New York to win it in seven.
Derek Fisher’s 0.4 miracle to beat Spurs, 2004 conference semifinals
Fisher's off-balance toss with four-tenths of a second left for a 74-73 win in Game 5 was amazing, although it led to only a Finals defeat against Detroit.
Robert Horry breaks Kings’ hearts, 2002 conference finals
Horry’s top-of-the-key three to beat Sacramento 100-99 in Game 4, after former Laker Vlade Divac inadvisably batted the loose ball out to him, tied the series and propelled L.A. to victory in seven games and its third consecutive championship.
Magic’s baby hook vs. Celtics, 1987 Finals
Magic Johnson took a page out of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s book with his hook shot with two seconds remaining to give the Lakers a 107-106 win and a 3-1 series lead that led to a rare title against the hated Celtics.