The Most Surprising Clutch NBA Playoff Performances of All Time

7. Ron Artest

Date: 6/17/2010
Round: 2010 NBA Finals, Game 7
Matchup: Celtics @ Lakers
Stats: 7-for-18, 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals

Artest had been terrible during the 2010 Finals, bombing up questionable shots and shooting a lackluster .352 from the field entering Game 7. With Kobe Bryant his usual self, the Celtics focused their defensive efforts on him rather than worrying about Artest. With a minute to go and the Lakers clinging to a three point lead, Artest was left with room to shoot and did not hesitate in pulling the trigger. The groans of Lakers fans across quickly turned to cheers as the shot fell through the net, effectively clinching the title against their hated foes from Boston who had downed them in the Finals just two years earlier.

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