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Top Plays Ladder

The Top Plays Ladder is a free-flowing, continuously updated chart that ranks the best plays of 2012-13. When a play happens that brings you to your feet, check here to see how it ranks. And if it ain't here, sound the alarm.

Final Buzzer

June 21 -- It's over. A Finals full of gut-wrenching, brow-furrowing moments has come to an end, crowning the Miami Heat as the kings of the hill for the second straight season.

From Danny Green's rain show to Kawhi Leonard's emergence to vintage Tim Duncan and Tony Parker performances, the Spurs gave it their best shot.

Plays were aplenty from the Texas end, including an unforgettable Game 1 shot from Parker and a poster jam from Leonard in Game 6.

But in the end, LeBron James was too much, taking home his second straight Finals MVP and sending another Western Conference team home a bit sadder than before.

Speaking of sorrow, there won't be another NBA game that counts until November. Twenty-nine other teams will prepare to dethrone the Heat and one team will take measures to ensure the league's first three-peat since 2002.

In the meantime, we have copious highlights to keep us company. Lob City, Jeff Green, DeMar DeRozan, The Mamba and others...thank you for your high-wire hardwood acts.

I eagerly await another round of your theatrics in a few months.

Sound off on your favorite Finals plays at

-- Zettler Clay IV,

Straight Baptized: March 10, 2013

Was Brandon Knight sleep during the pregame film session? He must not have heard about the Clippers' big men. DeAndre Jordan gave him a lesson he'll never, ever, forget.

Loooob Citaaay: March 6, 2013

At the end of the day, behind the scoreboards and winning mantras, it's still basketball. And when it's done like this, it reminds us of why we pay so much attention to it. Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin complete a highlight for the ages.

Lowering The Boom: Feb. 12, 2013

You have facials that are powerful (see: Barnes) and you have facials that are powerful and graceful. In Toronto, DeRozan showed some Compton love to Mozgov, whose victim status continues to be safe.

Collison's Save: Dec. 27, 2012

Looking back on this play months after it happened, and it still ranks as one of the weirdest buzzer-beaters I've ever seen. While J.R. Smith and James Johnson may have had more impacting game-enders, Darren Collison's non-set shot to tie the game in OKC stands above.

Griffin, The Destroyer: Dec. 18, 2013

A stuff, a stalk and gritty staredown of a fallen Kyle Singler, then the appearance out of nowhere to finish an alley-oop that started as a chest pass. The Griffinator has one mission, people: seek and destroy. And this wasn't his most exciting play of the night.

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Feeling Green: Feb. 7, 2013

Since Rajon Rondo went down, Jeff Green has picked up his stats, but the highlights have been consistent. Against the Lakers, his team joined him on the fun, setting TD Garden into a frenzy.

Still Got It: Feb. 5, 2013

What more can one say about Kobe Bean? We create walls of "he's too old" and "he's not the same Mamba" for him to provide powerful rebuttals. The definitive "youth" moment of the season for No. 24.

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KD Gets Filthy: March 1, 2013

There's no way somebody this tall is supposed to finish off what Kevin Durant pulled against the Denver Nuggets. But this is why he's KD and I'm not.

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The Big Payback: March 18, 2013

Those clamps LeBron had on during the 2011 NBA Finals? Distant memory. But if you think 'Bron forgot about Jason Terry's incessant chatter that series, here's proof to the contrary.

Meeting At Rim : Nov. 23, 2012

Safe to say Blake Griffin is used to the high-wire acts. Generally it's on the offensive side. Don't tell that to Deron Williams.

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