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Top 5 longest game-winning buzzer-beaters in NBA history

Devonte Graham-Julius Erving

Devonte Graham-Julius Erving

Devonte Graham's 61-footer to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder is the longest game-winning buzzer-beater in NBA history. But the shots that preceded it are equally impressive. Here are the top 5 longest game-winners we've ever seen.

5. Belus Smawley vs. Steamrollers (1948)

Unfortunately, there's no footage of Belus Smawley hitting a long-range bomb to lead the St. Louis Bombers to an 84-82 victory over the Providence Steamrollers back in 1948. But according to Basketball-Reference, his 50-footer ranks fifth on the NBA's list of the longest game-winning shots.

The best part is, Smawley's heave only counted for two -- the league still hasn't introduced the three-point line -- making it the longest game-winning two-pointer in the history of basketball.

4. Tyreke Evans vs. Grizzlies (2010)

Tyreke Evans' 3-point from midcourt secured the Sacramento Kings a 100-98 over Memphis on December 29, 2010, snapping the team's eight-game losing streak. The shot was later reviewed by the refs before it officially became the longest-game winner in the NBA since 1992.

"I think I'm the best on the team at doing it,"said Evans after hitting a 50-footer. "We practice that at the shootaround in the morning sometimes and I'm glad we do that. It looked good but when it went in, that's when I knew it was good."

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3. Julius Erving vs. Mavericks (1986)

On February 28, 1986, Julius Erving stunned the Mavericks' crowd after hitting a 53-footer to lead the 76ers to a 123-120 victory. He finished the game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists, and a single play worthy of NBA history books.

2. Chris Wayne Jackson aka Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf vs. Clippers (1992)

Dr. J held the record for the longest game-winner until 1992, but then Chris Wayne Jackson happened. After a block by Dikembe Mutombo on one end, with just under 3 seconds left on the game clock, the 6-1 point guard took a couple of dribbles and hoisted one up from 55 feet.

The ball went in, nothing but net, securing the Nuggets a 123-120 win over the Clippers. Jackson finished the game with 19 points on 2-for-3 from behind the arc.

1. Devonte Graham vs. Thunder (2021)

“I just wanted to get one up, honestly,” Devonte Graham said after hitting the longest game-winning buzzer-beater ever. “I didn’t want to take the ball out. I waited. Then J-Hart (Josh Hart) passed it to me and I just let it fly."

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had just hit a crazy 30-footer to tie the game with 1.4 seconds left on the clock. The Pelicans inbounded the ball to Graham, who launched one from 61 feet to secure the Pelicans a 113-110 victory and rewrite history books with the longest Hail Mary the NBA has ever seen.

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