During Monday night's NBA Playoff game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls, Ben Gordon of the Bulls made a big basket with 12 seconds left to tie the game. But the Celtics' Ray Allen made an even bigger shot. His game-winning three-pointer with just two seconds left gave Boston a 118-115 victory.
Both players were able to help their team by hitting clutch shots. In a close, pressure-packed game, Gordon and Allen made their shots when their teams needed them most. That's the sign of a very good basketball player. Lots of players score a lot of points during the regular season and make baskets in games that aren't close. But it takes a special kind of player to make shots when the game is on the line. At the end of a close game, especially under the bright lights of the Playoffs, every shot counts. Fans get more excited about the players who make these shots.
These fans will always remember Monday night's game between the Celtics and the Bulls. They will remember it as a great matchup between Allen and Gordon, two of the best shooters in basketball. Allen is a veteran with a history of clutch shooting. He is 33 years old and has been in the NBA for 12 years. Last season, Allen helped the Celtics win the NBA Championship. Gordon is 26 years old and has only been in the NBA for 4 years. He scored 42 points in the game, the most points he has ever scored in a Playoff game. One of the reasons why the matchup between Allen and Gordon was so memorable is because both guards went to the University of Connecticut. Allen was an All-American at UConn from 1993-1996; Gordon won a National Championship with the Huskies in 2004.
Many NBA Playoff games feature memorable performances from great players. In the 1980's, Larry Bird of the Celtics and Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers played many great games against each other in the NBA Finals. Michael Jordan was at his best in the Playoffs, helping the Bulls win six NBA Championships in the 1990's. Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and the Lakers dominated the Playoffs from 2000-2002, winning three straight titles.
The Playoffs are a time for the best players in pro basketball to shine and help their teams win big games. Players like Ray Allen and Ben Gordon make big shots and fans will remember them for years to come.
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