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Steph Curry scored a career first buzzer beater as the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets, but which NBA legend has the most buzzer beaters in history?
It was a tight game at the Chase Center, with the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets tied at 103-103 as the clock ticked towards zero.
Steph Curry was able to wriggle free and create some space, scoring a buzzer beater to secure a narrow 105-103 win for Steve Kerr’s side.
It is the first game winner of Curry’s career.
But who has the most buzzer beaters in NBA history? Which all-time great leads the way, and who has the most among active players?
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The record for most NBA buzzer beaters in history goes to none other than Michael Jordan.
A six-time champion and arguably the greatest to ever pick a basketball up, Jordan tallied nine buzzer beaters in his illustrious career.
All but one – the final one – came for the Chicago Bulls, with that last buzzer beater coming for the Washington Wizards.
Jordan’s first buzzer beater came in 1989 against the Cleveland Cavaliers to secure a 101-100 Bulls win.
He would go onto claim buzzer beaters against:
Jordan’s record for most buzzer beaters in NBA history is one clear of the next two on the list – who are also among the greats.
Second on the all-time buzzer beater list are the late Kobe Bryant and Joe Johnson with eight apiece.
Bryant, an 18-time All-Star and five-time champion hit eight during his career which was played exclusively for the LA Lakers.
One of the most famous included one against the Phoenix Suns in the 2006 Playoffs.
Johnson retired from basketball in 2018, before making a temporary comeback for the Boston Celtics in December 2021 as an injury cover.
Johnson moved around, playing for seven franchises in a 17-year career.
Among active players, the record for most buzzer beaters in the NBA goes to LeBron James.
The Lakers star has actually yet to record a buzzer beater for the side, with his tally coming for the Cavaliers and Miami Heat before he was traded.
As of January 22nd, 2021, James’ last buzzer beater came in 2018 for the Cavs vs the Toronto Raptors in the Playoffs.
He’s also hit buzzer beaters against the Indiana Pacers (twice), Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, Bulls and Warriors.
James is equal with Paul Pierce on seven buzzer beaters for the third most in NBA history.
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