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Horry's Buzzer-Beater Heads List of Ten Staples Center Top Moments

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 10:44PM
A New Car Ed Fuentes

Kings fan Gabe Reyes won the lease to a Toyota Prius for his entry in Staples Center's 10 Greatest Moments promotion.

Fans voted Robert Horry's 2002 buzzer-beater against the Kings as the top moment in Staples Center's first ten years, AEG announced today. 25,000 sports and music fans cast their votes online.

After all ten moments were played on the Nokia Plaza video board, ten selected fans picked envelopes to see who would win the contest's grand prize, the lease to a Toyota Prius. Kings fan Gabe Reyes came away the winner.

Staples Center's best moments, as voted by the fans:

  1. Lakers' Robert Horry hits a game winning, last second three-pointer against the Sacramento Kings in the 2002 Western Conference Final (May 26, 2002).

  2. Travis Pastrana's Double Back Flip, the first in competition, at Summer X Games 12 (August 4, 2006).

  3. Michael Jackson Memorial Service, the tribute that was viewed by an estimated one billion fans worldwide (July 7, 2009).

  4. Kobe Byrant's alley-oop pass to Shaquille O'Neal for a dunk, an exclamation mark on a 16 point, fourth quarter comeback against the Portland Trailblazers in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals (June 4, 2000).

  5. The "Frenzy on Figueroa" that saw the Los Angeles Kings come back from 3 goals down to defeat Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Finals (April 18, 2001).

  6. Garth Brooks' concert on January 25th and 26th, 2008, to benefit the firefighters and victims of the 2007 wildfire season.

  7. WWE Wrestlemania 21, the first to be held at Staples Center (April 3, 2005).

  8. The 2005 U2 Vertigo Tour that sold out Staples Center on April 5th, 6th, and again on November 1st and 2nd.

  9. Britney Spears' Circus Tour held April 18 and 17th, and September 23 of 2009.

  10. Kobe Byrant scores 81 points against the Toronto Raptors (January 22, 2006).

The Downtown arena opened its doors on October 17, 1999.

In other Staples Center news, ESPN Los Angeles first reported that a statue of Chick Hearn will be unveiled during the first round of the NBA playoffs. The likeness of the Hall of Famer Lakers announcer joins Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya on the Staples Center Walk of Fame. The broadcaster, of course, has one up on the sports stars: all their statues sit right next to the road named in his honor, Chick Hearn Court.

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