What It's Like - Game-Winning Shot

In basketball, there's nothing better than nailing a bucket at the buzzer to get a win - but what does that really feel like? Yahoo Sports asked current NBA players to describe the feelings and emotions they've had when hitting the shot to send everybody home.

Video Transcript

- There's no better feeling than hitting a game-winning shot.

- The excitement that come with it, it's unmatched.

- It's an adrenaline rush like you can't imagine.

- I would describe it as being in a different universe.

- To nail a game-winner is what you live for.

- It's a dream come true.

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DAMIAN LILLARD: It's a great feeling when you make a game-winner. Or, you know, especially when you've made multiple game-winners.

- It's Lillard. He got the shot off. Lillard good! Good! And the Blazers win the series.

[CHEERING]

- Tied at 115, Lillard's working it. Down to 2, to 1, a deep 3.

- Oh!

[CHEERING]

Blazers win the series. A walk-off 3 from Lillard!

[CHEERING]

DAMIAN LILLARD: It's one of those things where you spend so much time working on your game. And then you get in those situations where you thrive. These are the results that you work for. You know? So it's that type of feeling. It's like an excitement but like "yeah, I do this" type of feeling.

- Lillard, a 3 for the win.

- Oh my goodness.

- Oh!

- You've got to be kidding me.

- Damian Lillard and the Blazers with a stunner.

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LUKA DONCIC: To nail the game-winning buzzer beater, it's amazing feeling, you know, one of the best feelings in the world.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

I hope I can feel it again.

- Doncic pulls up, 3-pointer. Bang! Bang! It's good. Doncic wins the game at the buzzer.

- Doncic down to three seconds, two seconds. Doncic for the win. Oh, yeah! The dagger!

[CHEERING]

NIKOLA JOKIC: When the shot comes, I think it's easy because you are so focused. Like, you're going to do everything right. You know?

- Jokic into Powell. Here it goes. Good! Denver has won! The first-time All-Star, Jokic, with the game-winner.

[CHEERING]

LOU WILLIAMS: It's like an "out of the body" experience. You know? Believe it or not, when you make a shot like that, you really don't hear the crowd.

- Five seconds to go, tied game, seat belts are fastened. Lou Williams for the win, bingo!

[CHEERING]

- Oh my goodness. [CHUCKLES]

[CHEERING]

- It's a lot of excitement, very emotional, like literally can't hear anything. It's just it's a real out-of-body experience.

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JJ REDICK: It feels like an out-of-body experience, to be honest with you. I remember feeling very calm. I knew the play was for me.

- JJ has it. He fires in time for the win. The Clippers win!

[CHEERING]

JJ REDICK: I knew the ball was going to go in as soon as I shot it. And then once it went and you saw the reaction of the crowd, of your teammates, that's the part that felt out of body.

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VICTOR OLADIPO: I mean, there's nothing like it. It's something you dream about. You dream about doing it your whole life, honestly. From when you're a little kid in the driveway, the parking lot, to when you're in the NBA.

- And now with five seconds, here's Oladipo. Three seconds--

- Just raise up. Raise up.

- A 3 to win it, banks it in.

- Yeah!

[CHEERING]

- Victor Oladipo!

- [CHUCKLES] Way to raise up.

BUDDY HIELD: It's something that we all dreamed of and we worked on. And I can tell you that any player-- whether you're a center or you're a guard or you're the last man on the bench, we all envision in our mind, like you know, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

- Buddy Hield, Buddy Hield! Oh boy! The Kings come to Motown. And they steal the game. Buddy Hield stuns the crowd.

[CHEERING]

GORDON HAYWARD: The feeling you get when you nail the game winning shot at the buzzer, I mean, it's-- it's just pure joy.

- Here's Hayward. Gordon gets inside, scored it! Gordon Hayward, how do you do?

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TRAE YOUNG: It's a lot of emotions, kind of don't know what to do. You know you want to celebrate some way. But you kind of don't know how to.

- Trae-- 2 seconds, 1. Trae's floater good!

[CHEERING]

With 0.1!

TRAE YOUNG: [INAUDIBLE] everybody. You're yelling and screaming and having fun after you hit that last-second shot. It's something that-- you live for it. It's an unreal feeling.

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[CHEERING]