2000: Kobe overcomes ankle sprain, leads Lakers to OT victory
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1993: John Paxson's 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds gives Bulls 99-98 win
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Kobe Bryant
John Paxson
No one questioned Kobe's ability – the proof was in the pudding. But there were plenty of questions about his heart. He played with so little emotion, it was hard to get a read on him, hard to know what he was about. But after Game 4, when he put the clamps down even as he was hobbling from an ankle sprain that forced him to miss Game 3, folks were ready to put "gritty" alongside "gifted."
– Eric Neel
In every sic tight organization there's a decoy. A guy who either the victim is paying too much attention to, or one that they should give a damn about. In the case of the Bulls, in Game 6 in 1993, in the final seconds, Jordan was the decoy, John Paxon was the ringer and the Suns were the victims. His three with 3.9 left secured three-peat No. 1.
– Scoop Jackson