#10. 1/27/08 – Kevin Martin @ Seattle
The first buzzer-beater on our list comes from 2008 in what was the SuperSonics final season in Seattle. The Kings were in town for what would be their second to last game in the Emerald City, one that featured a matchup between two below-average franchises.
Kevin Durant had 19 points for the Sonics that night, but it was the Kings’ Kevin Martin who stole the show. He was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points, including his usual large load from the free-throw line. It was a back and forth contest throughout, but the Kings were up by 3 with ten seconds to go when Damien Wilkins hit a three to tie.
The Kings didn’t call a timeout and pushed the ball full court as the clock wound down. It was Martin the whole way, but he was cut off by two Sonics defenders, lost control of the ball, but regained possession while off balance and leaning to his right. With two seconds left, Martin did a half-pump fake and then let go off a 14-foot shot from along the right baseline. Bucket. Game over.
Martin walked slowly down the court, high-fiving his teammates saying “Let’s go home.” You can see the footage in the video below, barely. Apologies, it was the best quality we could find, believe it or not. (fast forward to 0:37)