When: April 6, 2006
What Happened: Multiple game-winning shots in 2006.
Back in 2006, even the most casual NBA fan knew that Kobe Bryant was the King of Crunch time. Ice water ran through his veins, he was unstoppable, blah, blah, blah. They were all wrong. Kobe was no slouch, but Carmelo was clearly better. Having sunk game winners against Houston, Phoenix, Minnesota and Indiana already that season, Melo faced off against the Mamba when the Lakers arrived in Denver. For those who’d paid attention, the outcome wasn’t surprising. Tie game, time running out, Melo pulling up from the wing. Game over. He’d finish the season 11-17 in game winning situations. Bryant? 7-32.