33. Hack-A-Shaq Fails in Finals

Date: 6/9/2000

Kobe was injured and the Lakers championship hopes were dependent on whether Shaquille O'Neal could make a free throw. It wasn't an ideal scenario to say the least. After Bryant injured his ankle in the second quarter of Game 2 in the 2000 Finals, Larry Bird did what any coach would. The Pacers resorted to the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, sending O'Neal to the line a record 39 times, where he would convert 18 attempts, including 9-16 in the fourth quarter. Hardly an impressive percentage, but still enough to secure the win and take L.A. one step closer to a title. Finishing with 40 points and 24 rebounds, Shaq continued to assert that he'd make them when they counted.