Memorial Day Miracle vs. Horry’s 3: Which is the biggest Spurs shot ever?

San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry leans up against a cameraman during Game Five of the 2005 NBA Finals in Detroit (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry leans up against a cameraman during Game Five of the 2005 NBA Finals in Detroit (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs Robert Horry (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs Robert Horry (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

When you have a tough time deciding the most important championship moments in your team’s history, you know you have it made. The San Antonio Spurs have spoiled their fans with numerous unforgettable series, games and shots that will last a lifetime.

Many fans of the franchise still see Sean Elliott‘s Memorial Day Miracle during the first of many championship runs as the biggest shot in Spurs history. It’s hard to argue with that — the man had both of his heels over the sideline as he let the shot go, after all.

One shot by Robert Horry in the 2005 NBA Finals, however, has reason to stake its claim as just as big, if not bigger than Elliott’s miracle. Like the 1999 shot, it too came at a crucial time in the series that shifted momentum that seemed to be headed the other way and ultimately resulted in a series victory.

These two are undoubtedly the biggest shots in Spurs history, but which one should stand on its own as the most monumental shot in the history of the Silver and Black? Only a categorical breakdown can truly give us an answer.

For the purposes of this debate, I’ll be looking at the following categories: shot difficulty, series importance and the “what-if” factor.

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