There’s 1.7 seconds left on the clock and the score is knotted up at 77. The series is also tied at 1-1, as the Minnesota Lynx and Indiana Fever match each other punch-for-punch in Game Three of the 2015 WNBA Finals.
Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen searches for an open teammate from the inbound, and she somehow finds her target at the top of the arc: the ever-so-clutch Maya Moore.
Everyone in the crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is standing and watching as Moore catches the ball in mid-air. She lands, she fakes and sends the Indiana Fever’s Marissa Coleman scurrying past. Moore takes a dribble to her right, sets, and fires a jumper from 24 feet.
The buzzer sounds.
Swish. Hold the pose, Maya.
If you haven’t already guessed, we’re talking about the 2015 WNBA Finals and Maya Moore’s legendary three-pointer – “The Shot”.
In a recent walk down Memory Lane, former Lynx Assistant Coach Jim Petersen tweeted that it was a “one of the most clutch plays considering the moment (WNBA Finals…buzzer beater…on the road…incredible execution.” As for Moore’s teammates, they had nothing but faith when she had her hands on the ball.
“I knew when she caught it,” Whalen told ESPN.com in 2015. “I had a feeling she’d put the ball in. The poise she had on that play was just really unbelievable. She gave a little fake, got to her spot, knew the time she had, and it was awesome.”
The resemblance to Moore’s buzzer beater and Michael Jordan’s iconic 1998 NBA Finals game-winner is uncanny. There’s a photo that is almost identical of the two: the players are in shooting form, the ball is in midair, and the fans in the back are in watching with anticipation.
Everything stands still for just a moment until the ball goes through the net, and then the visiting teams celebrate as the home fans stand in disbelief.
The clutch shot from No. 23 gave the Lynx an 80-77 victory that put Minnesota in a 2-1 series lead over the Indiana Fever that eventually turned into a 3-2 series win, giving Minnesota their third title in five years. The series was one for the books, but “The Shot” is something fans will never forget.
So, do you remember where you were when Maya hit the buzzer-beater?