Even though I’m gutted that Chris Bosh still has a chance to win another championship, that was one hell of a game last night. Ray Allen was money when it mattered most, with perhaps the most memorable shot he’s ever hit in a long, distinguished career of clutch shooting.
In any event, it got me thinking and provided me with the impetus (i.e. excuse) to consider some of the best clutch shots in the history of the Raptors. As such, I now present the Raptors top five game-winning shots and in true NFL network style, we’re going to count them down from five to one:
5) DEMAR DEROZAN VS ORLANDO MAGIC
Last season was a campaign of ups and (mostly) downs for our beloved Raptors. One of the better ups was this buzzer-beater by DeMar DeRozan in Orlando. Whether it becomes the catalyst for him to take his game to another level, remains to be seen.
4) CHRIS BOSH VS WASHINGTON WIZARDS
My sports-hate for Chris Bosh is well-documented on this website. I actually didn’t like him, even when he was in Toronto. I always felt like he was a fraud, masquerading as a franchise player for the Raptors. I never bought it and often found my case proven in the key moments of tight games.
Having said all that, I guess showing the above game-winning shot actually sabotages my argument, (which wouldn’t be the first time.) In any event, nice shot Bosh. Now if you could choke just enough on Thursday night to stifle the Heats chances of winning, I’d really appreciate it.
3) TJ FORD VS L.A. CLIPPERS
This was a big moment for the Raptors during the 2006/07 season, when they were on the way to their first ever Division title. And to be able to prove they could win without Chris Bosh was huge, helped in no small way by shots like this one from TJ Ford.
(Apologies for my inability to find a shorter clip. Fast forward to the 1:20 mark if your pushed for time or just suffering from ADD. Mind you, if you do suffer from ADD, the chances are you’ve already stopped reading, making this whole paragraph irrelevant.)
2) VINCE CARTER VS BOSTON CELTICS
Like Bosh, we can sports-hate Vince Carter as much as we want. However, unlike Bosh I think we can all still agree Carter remains the best player ever to wear a Raptors jersey. His time in Toronto is jam-packed full of highlights, including this amazing buzzer-beater against the Celtics.
(For me, there’s something poignant about the commentator comment: “the stuff that legends are made of.” Despite everything Carter’s achieved as a player, there will always be the feeling that he still had another level to take his game to.)
1) MORRIS PETERSON VS WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Now admittedly, I’ve only been following the Raptors since 2006, when I first came to Toronto. As such, maybe that’s why this still remains my favourite moment as a fan. In many ways, it personified the special season the Raptors had in 2006/07 and still sends a shiver down my spine. Take a bow ‘Mo Pete’.
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