The Top 5 Game 7’s Since 2010

Game Seven. The two best words in sports.

Every year, basketball, hockey and baseball players get to experience those two beautiful words.

Game sevens across these sports have created a lifetime of memories for not only the players, but for fans as well. 

There have been hundreds of game sevens in sports history. Some have been blowouts or anticlimactic. Many have been legendary.

Several of these legendary game sevens have occurred since 2010. Here are the top five since then:

  1. 2016 World Series: Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians

108 years. That’s how long it had been since the Cubs touched a World Series trophy. The Cubs were up  5-1 in the fifth inning, four away from history. A massive comeback, followed by a two-run home run by Rajai Davis tied the game at six in the bottom of the eighth. After nine innings of the most watched MLB game of the decade, the tarp came out for a short rain delay. Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist hit a two-run RBI double in the top of the 10th, which eventually won the game.

  1. 2016 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors

“Blocked by James… Kyrie Irving from downtown”. LeBron James and the Cavs became the first team in NBA history to comeback from a 3-1 lead. They took down a team that had only lost an NBA record nine games in the regular season. This game had the third-highest ratings in NBA history.

  1. 2013 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

“Rebound Bosh… Back out to Allen… His three-pointer… Bang! Tie game with five seconds remaining”. In Game Six, Ray Allen hit arguably the clutchest shot in NBA history to tie the game and eventually force a Game Seven in overtime. In a back-and-forth Game Seven, LeBron James hit a dagger midrange shot to take a four-point lead with less than 30 seconds remaining.

  1. 2019 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors

Where else can four bounces feel like a lifetime? Raptors small forward Kawhi Leonard became the 2019 Athlete of the Year primarily from this one shot. After a layup by Jimmy Butler tied the game with four seconds remaining, the Raptors quickly called a timeout. Leonard took the inbounds pass and went to the other corner and shot a fadeaway at the buzzer over Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, two of the best defensive players in the NBA. Scotia Bank Arena was silent while the ball was floating in the air and eventually bounced four times on the rim before falling in. Toronto was then louder than it had ever been. Had that shot not gone in, the Raptors may have never won the NBA finals, let alone reached it.

  1. 2013 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins

Down 4-1 in midway through the third period, Bruins fans thought their season was over. However, the team had other plans. Nathan Horton made it a two-goal game with ten minutes to go. Milan Lucic made it a one-goal game after a rebound shot with a little over a minute left in regulation. With 50 seconds remaining, Patrice Bergeron tied the game at four. Bergeron would become the hero once again after scoring five minutes into overtime.

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