Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney pick SI's 10 favorite NBA moments of 2014 and the Portland Trail Blazers are represented by Damian Lillard's Rocket-roasting shot. The list is chronological:
29 April: The End of Donald Sterling
2 May: Damian Lillard shocks Rockets with series-clinching buzzer-beater
6 May: Kevin Durant's MVP speech
31 May: Spur's Tim Duncan eliminates Thunder from WCF in game 6 OT
5 June: Spurs prevail over LeBron James, Heat in Finals Game 1 aka "The Cramp Game"
26 June: NBA commissioner Adam Silver selects Isaiah Austin at NBA Draft
11 July: LeBron James Homecoming
14 September: Anthony Davis makes an opening statement (Team USA)
19 November: Vince Carter finds closure with Raptors Fans
14 December: Kobe Bryant surpasses Michael Jordan on all-time scoring list
This is what they have to say about "the shot":
Hyperbole rules the roost during our era of limited attention spans, but Damian Lillard's buzzer-beating, game-winning, series-clinching three-pointer against the Rockets was quickly, and virtually unanimously, dubbed the greatest shot in Portland Trail Blazers history. With 0.9 seconds left, the All-Star point guard somehow came free on an inbounds play, getting off a deep, quick-trigger three that gave the Blazers a 99-98 victory and sent the Moda Center into total pandemonium. As if sending the Blazers to the conference semifinals for the first time in 14 years wasn't enough, Lillard then took a microphone and shouted, "Rip City!" to kick off another round of frenzied celebrations. Lillard went home that night with the "Shot of the Year" title; considering the stakes and the drama, everyone else placed a distant second. -- BG
What favorite NBA moment of your own would make the list?