The "Ehlo" shot in '89, the six first-quarter threes in the '92 Finals, the Last One against Byron Russell and the Jazz in '98, six season and six Finals MVPs—need I go on?
2 of 10Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Astronomical self-confidence. He wanted the ball for the big shot, told the defender what he was about to do, then did it. One great moment in Bird clutch, from among many: Lifting a number 1 finger salute the moment he released the ball that won the 1988 three-point shootout, before it was anywhere near the basket and walking off. Of course it went in.
3 of 10Manny Millan/SI
MVP center out hurt in the championship series? No problem. Just put the rookie point guard in the middle. In Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals, Magic set the tone for the rest of his career, scoring 42 and grabbing 15 boards in place of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the Lakers took the title.
4 of 10John G. Zimmerman/SI
Russell's painful habit of throwing up before big games gave odd comfort to his Celtics teammates: Russell was 17-2 in elimination games while winning 11 championships in 13 NBA seasons. He dominated those games with defense and teamwork.
5 of 10Walter Iooss Jr./SI
If you surpass your regular season play in the postseason once or twice, you're a franchise icon. If you do it eight years in a row, as West did in the 1960s, you earn the name Mr. Clutch and they make you The Logo.
6 of 10John W. McDonough/SI
The numbers will tell you his overall "clutch" stats aren't elite, and this is true, but if you're an opposing coach, how many other players in history do you fear more than Kobe when it comes the last shot? His desire and skill, paired with his ability to always get off his shot, are scary.
7 of 10Manny Millan/SI
If you don't believe Reggie Miller is clutch, you should go ask Spike Lee. It says something that even though Miller played his entire career for Indiana, he delivered the most memorable Madison Square Garden performances of anyone this side of Willis Reed.
8 of 10Walter Iooss Jr./SI
No Celtic came up more reliably clutch than the maestro of the bank shot. In playoff crucibles he shot down Philadelphia, New York and L.A. with late scores.
9 of 10Bob Rosato/SI
Right place, right time? Maybe. But opportunity does not always equal success, and it seemed like every time Horry found himself with an open shot in big moments, he made it. And he has seven championship rings to prove it.
10 of 10Manny Millan/SI
Sixteen points in 94 seconds of a playoff game; 25 points in one quarter of a Finals game; back-to-back titles in which he made just about every improbable shot for the Pistons. Zeke embodied clutch.
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