Jamal Crawford With Another Game Winner, “14” & Counting
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Back in the summer of 2014, during an interview with Jamal Crawford for our film about his life and career, one of the many topics discussed was “game-winners.” At the time of the interview, he thought he had 11 of them. According to 82games.com, Jamal had 11 at the end of the 2009 season and you could make a case he’s made a couple between then and the interview.
An arguable case would be in 2012 when Jamal hit a 3 with a minute left in a game against the Warriors to give the Blazers a 91-90 lead. Nate Robinson made a free throw and Jamal hit a pair in the final minute to put the final score at 93-90. Is this considered a “game-winner” or just clutch shots? This is why game-winners are so tough to keep track of because some only consider a shot on the final possession of the game, while others consider the final shot that gave a team a lead. I’m going with game-winner and I’m going to say he had 12 going into the interview.
In 2014 against the Jazz, he hit a 3 to give the Clippers the lead with 18.5 seconds left in regulation. Both teams scored in the final 8 seconds of the game but it was Crawford’s shot that “won” the game . So I’m putting his total to 13 going into Monday night’s game against the Pistons.
With the game tied at 102 a piece, it was de ja vu: Jamal Crawford hit a 3-pointer to give the Clippers a 3 point lead, then Reggie Jackson scored the final point of the game with a free throw at the 9 second mark. And just like the shot against the Jazz, I’m going to count this as a game-winner which brings his unofficial total to 14.
Not bad, especially when you consider that’s unofficially more than players like Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson.
We have also had the pleasure of watching him hit some dramatic game-winners in the summertime at the Seattle Pro-Am.