As the sun sets on 2017 and a new year of basketball begins, it’s only right that we look back on a year filled with buzzer-beaters, outstanding performances and emotional moments.
So, we posed the question … what was your favorite NBA moment of 2017?
It’s not surprising that Russell Westbrook’s game-winner against the Nuggets, which knocked Denver out of the playoff hunt and pretty much secured his first MVP title, was a fan-favorite.
All great moments but I was at Russ’s game and even the Denver fans were going nuts the entire game. Never seen a fan base both deflated and excited at the same time as when Russ’s shot went in. https://t.co/UbNqA0OgdT
— Ben Becker (@benjbecker) January 1, 2018
"Adams, gives it back to Russ, deeeeep shot… GOT IT! What a perfect ending to a historic day!" https://t.co/jD0UY9gLW9
— Luis (@MARCOASENSlO) December 31, 2017
Russ vs Denver, took Denver hopes outta the playoffs, game winner, 50 point triple doub, the comeback after be down almost 20 https://t.co/jYm6yc5LaO
— Gloku (@abdollar19) December 31, 2017
Russ’ game winner was special because not only did he hit the shot, but it was the same night he broke Big O’s triple double record can’t ask for a better moment! https://t.co/sM47LjlW9w
— RiQ+ (@RiQtherapper) January 1, 2018
Russ' buzzer beater vs. Denver because it did three things
1. Won the game
2. Knocked the Nuggets out of the playoffs
3. It sealed the MVP trophy
— sharifa mitchell (@MitchellSharifa) January 1, 2018
San Antonio’s ageless wonder Manu Ginobili’s game-clinching block on Rockets star James Harden in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals received plenty of love.
A 40 year old blocking an MVP candidate who was attempting the game winning 3, basically in a series decider. https://t.co/5vki4f1JET
— Eli Martin (@EliMartin100) January 1, 2018
Always back the old man, gotta be Manu! https://t.co/0axsM0WcOC
— Ant MacNuggets (@AcidBurnTNA) January 1, 2018
Warriors star Kevin Durant’s dagger 3-pointer over LeBron James in Game 3 of the NBA Finals was another popular pick.
KD’s… I was at that game, that shot KILLED the spirit & energy of everyone rooting for the Cavs at the Q.
— Arley (@arleylondonojr) December 31, 2017
KD finals dagger. That made the L imminent to the cavs https://t.co/y4MiJLzsMC
— Ric Flair Drip Go WOOOOOOOOOOOO (@SupaSaiyan24) December 31, 2017
The KD shot broke the hope of an entire city https://t.co/zAryVd1wSw
— Eddie (@Elau2019) December 31, 2017
Who could forget Miami’s Dion Waiters’ game-winner vs. the Warriors back in January?
DEFINITELY Dions Shot https://t.co/zxr4U8ZZVL
— Brownskinned White Boy (@Young_Justo) December 31, 2017
Philadelphia’s T.J. McConnell’s game-winner in Madison Square Garden featured an iconic celebration that became Joel Embiid’s Twitter avatar.
"Here's Ilyasova, here's McConnell, can he get it off? YES!" https://t.co/ieldDH8Gka
— Pik Swapuskas (@mferrier31) January 1, 2018
TJ’s game-winner over the Knicks in January, easily!! https://t.co/MPykKCd1m2
— Gia #NBAVote Embiid & Simmons (@woofyhawke) January 1, 2018
Also receiving some appreciation from fans:
— Phoenix guard Devin Booker’s 70-point game
— Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins’ crazy game-winner against the Thunder
Andrew Wiggins INSANE buzzer beater in dramatic style against the Thunder https://t.co/D5FKcS2cIA
— On The Prowl (@ontheprowl_MN) January 1, 2018
— John Wall’s shot to sent the Eastern Conference Semifinals to a Game 7
— Dirk Nowitzki’s shot to enter the 30,000 point club
May 2018 bring just as much NBA craziness as 2017.