BUZZER BEATER VIDEOS: MAKING THE PLAY TO BEAT THE BUZZ

blawsome by blawsome on Jan. 16, 2015

Buzzer beater shot

It’s a fantastic feeling when your team wins by trouncing the other team, but that feeling cannot match the exhilaration one feels when their team wins by a last second buzzer beater. Of course, the flipside is when your team loses because of a buzzer beater. We cheer, scream and sweat through the entire game and it all comes down to half a second.

Bottom line is, there aren’t many moments in sports that can top a buzzer beater. It brings strangers together in a bar for a man hug, it causes nuns to high five and curse, and it can bring on cardiac arrest. Pretty powerful stuff.

WHERE CAN I SEE A GOOD BUZZER BEATER?

Duke UNC buzzer beater

Probably the most posted sports videos online are of poker games. Okay that's not true at all, and calling that a sport is like calling bowling a sport. Buzzer beater videos are the most posted, so there are many places to find them. Tell you what, stick with us and we’ll just show you some now...

IS THERE A GOOD BUZZER BEATER WITH LITTLE KIDS?

There’s been some tales of great buzzer beaters in kid’s games, but many of them were just that: tales with no video proof. Luckily there have been a few that were captured on camera.

The video below is of a third grade game and while most third graders can’t even heave the ball from the free throw line, this guy does about triple that distance for a pretty awesome buzzer beater.

But perhaps one of the best ever was from a high school game. The team was down by one and had the ball with about a second to go. Here’s what happened…

And then of course, this buzzer beater was literally some kid throwing the ball full court in frustration/desperation as he was falling out of bounds. The only downside to hitting a shot like this while still so young? Life is going to be quite disappointing from there on out.

IS THERE A BUZZER BEATER THAT CAUSED BOTH TEAMS TO CHEER?

It might sound impossible, but this buzzer beater from 2013 had both teams cheering for a minute or so. Why? One team thought the shot didn’t count, while the other team thought it did. It all came down to the referees’ decision and the slow motion replay confirmed that decision.

WHAT ABOUT A BUZZER BEATER WITHOUT EVEN LOOKING AT THE BASKET?

This shot didn’t exactly look pretty and came from a little guy that looks like he doesn’t hoop it up that often, but you can’t help but get a little pumped up after seeing this buzzer beater.

But apparently some players practice this sort of shot all the time, because this dude made it seem rather ordinary.

HAS A BUZZER BEATER EVER HAPPENED ON A DUNK?

It absolutely has and one of them might be the most famous buzzer beater in college basketball history. N.C. State somehow, someway had made the NCAA championship game against the mighty Houston Cougars. No one was giving them a prayer in the game, not even many of their fans.

But the great Jimmy Valvano believed in his team and with about a second to go, Sidney Lowe took a long desperation jumper for the win. It was short, but Lorenzo Charles suddenly found himself unblocked and unboxed out under the basket. He jumped up and grabbed the airball…and the rest is basketball buzzer beater history.

This ESPN compilation video of college basketball’s top ten buzzer beaters has the N.C. State dunk at number two, but many agree it should sit at number one.

THAT’S COOL, BUT WHAT WOULD BE EVEN COOLER IS A BUZZER BEATER THAT SHATTERED THE BACKBOARD.

We can do that -- well, not shatter a backboard, but we can show you a video. It's surprisingly not from the pros, but from a high schooler. Pretty great ending, but it actually wasn’t the end. The buzzer beater tied the game and they ended up losing in overtime.

But still a great buzzer beater nonetheless.

WHAT BUZZER BEATER SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN A BUZZER BEATER?

Duke Christian Laettner vs. Kentucky

There likely have been many in the pre-review period that should have not counted and some that should have. In November of 2014, the Memphis Grizzlies came back from 26 points down against the Sacramento Kings and won on a layup by Courtney Lee with 0.3 seconds to go. The refs reviewed the basket and counted it, however, it should not have counted. If you have about 90 seconds to spare, you can check out the video and why it should not have counted HERE.

I’D LOVE TO SEE A FULL COURT BUZZER BEATER FROM A GIRL.

Girls can hold their own on the court. At least against us, that is. But maybe that’s because the most hoop action we get every week is tossing crumpled up Snickers wrappers at the trash can.

And when it comes to nailing a buzzer beater, girls can do what dudes do. This gal could maybe try out for the school’s quarterback spot, too.

CAN SOMEONE WIN A NEW TRUCK FROM A BUZZER BEATER?

That’s kind of a random question, but we have an answer for you. Obviously, a player in an actual game won’t win anything other than a slap on the back or a pay raise if he hits a buzzer beater, however, if you’re selected out of the crowd to make some shots in a short bit of time, then yes, you can win a new vehicle from a buzzer beater.

HOCKEY HAS HAD SOME GOOD BUZZER BEATERS, TOO. WHERE CAN I SEE SOME OF THOSE?

Hockey has certainly produced a few cool buzzer beaters as well. Both in big college games…

And in the pros. Just like this one when the Los Angeles Kings scored with 0.2 seconds to play in the period.

The NHL also has a pretty cool buzzer beater compilation video that you can check out HERE.

WHAT PLAYER IS FAMOUS FOR HITTING BUZZER BEATERS?

A few players come to mind. Aaron Harrison made a three pointer in the same spot with just seconds to play three out of six games in the 2014 NCAA tournament while leading the Kentucky Wildcats to the championship game. But it’s mostly the pros that are known for a buzzer beater or two, primarily because they play about a million games in their career.

Robert Horry was known as "Big Shot Rob" for his buzzer beater three pointers and Reggie Miller was also clutch when the buzzer was about to, um, buzz. But probably the man known for hitting the most is Michael Jordan. He always seemed to come up with a buzzer beater when he needed to and most remember his iconic shot against the Cavaliers and his fist pumping celebration afterwards. His top ten buzzer beaters can be seen HERE, but the NBA also put together a buzzer beater top ten and all three of these dudes are in it. And so are some other dudes.

WHAT’S THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL BUZZER BEATER?

This one has to be the 1972 Olympic games matchup between the United States and Russia. Both teams and countries hated each other at the time and pride was at an all-time high. The U.S. had the lead by one point with only three seconds to play. Russia missed a buzzer beater and the game was over.

Then for some reason that only the devil knows, the co-founder of the International Federation of Amateur Basketball came out of the stands and overruled the referees and made them put three seconds back on the clock, giving Russia another chance at a buzzer beater. You can probably guess what happened.

IS THERE A BUZZER BEATER THAT WAS CELEBRATED TO EARLY?

Hitting a shot to tie or take the lead within a second or so of the buzzer does qualify as a buzzer beater. Unfortunately, you also have to remember the other team has the ball and about a second on the clock still. So yeah, you gotta’ play some defense. And not count your chickens before they're hatched, as Grandma used to say.

HAS A PLAYER BLOWN THE GAME, BUT THEN REDEEMED HIMSELF ON A BUZZER BEATER?

One of the best examples of 'blowing it', is when a player goes to the free throw line and can ice the game, but misses both shots. Then the other team races down court and scores, giving them the lead with a couple of seconds to play. That’s what happened in France. Fans were about ready to call for Jamal Shuler’s head, until he completely redeemed himself.

DO TEAMS ACTUALLY PRACTICE BUZZER BEATERS?

Most teams have plays that they practice about once a week that are designed for all sorts of buzzer beater situations. Much like football teams practice Hail Mary plays, basketball teams do the same and this one was probably the best designed of them all.

It was the 1998 NCAA tournament and Valparaiso was down by two to Ole Miss with 2.5 seconds to go the length of the court.

And that Bryce Drew guys hasn’t paid for a drink since.