#2. 4/28/06 – Kevin Martin vs. San Antonio
The only player to appear twice on our list is Kevin Martin. While his buzzer-beater against the SuperSonics was impressive, it was the one he had two years later that was his best. In what would up being the final playoff series for the Kings for many, many years, Martin had the signature moment.
It was Game 3 of the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs, the Kings the 8th seed playing against the 63-win San Antonio Spurs. Sacramento had lost the first two games on the road, but returned home to a familiarly raucous crowd inside ARCO Arena. The Spurs, despite eventually falling short in the playoffs, were at the peak of their powers with their usual stars and a solid bench unit.
The Kings were facing a 3-0 series deficit as the Spurs held a one-point lead and had possession of the ball with 27 seconds left. As they tried to put a dagger in the hearts of the hometown fans, Mike Bibby came up with a timely steal off of Manu Ginobili and the Kings were off to the races. Bibby shuffled the ball ahead to Martin who was darting down the left sideline and making his way towards the paint. Martin caught the ball with 3.5 seconds left, took one dribble, and threw up a circus layup that was highly contested by Tim Duncan.
The ball bounced around the rim as the red lights flashed and the buzzer sounded. It eventually dropped through the net and the crowd exploded. Bonzi Wells hugged Martin and the team mobbed the embrace, and the Kings would enjoy one of their last moments of glory for who knows exactly how long.