There are moments in basketball history that are truly hard to forget. Thanks to the Internet and NBA television, we can relive these moments in time over and over as if we were there. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite moments in basketball history, which make it easy to see why I love the game so much. I’m sure you have your own top 10 list so compare it against mine below. Let me know some of your all-time favorites…here are mine.
10. Larry Johnson’s four-point play in the Knicks finals
If you are Knick fan like me, you have to love this one. Back in 1999, in game 2 of the playoffs versus the Pacers, with 5.7 seconds left in the game, LJ sinks an unbelievable three-pointer and draws the foul to win the game.
9. Kobe Bryant 81 points
On January 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant set his own record with 81 points in a single game. He holds the second highest score in a single game. Kobe led the Lakers to victory against the Toronto Raptors, 122-104.
8. Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game
On March 2, 1962, Philadelphia Warrior Wilt Chamberlain set a still unbroken record of 100 points in a single game against the New York Knicks. The final score of the game? Philadelphia 169 Knicks 147.
7. Gervin vs. Thompson for scoring title
Back in 1978, San Antonio Spur George Gervin won the scoring title of who averaged most points per game. David Thompson on the Denver Nuggets had been closely trailing Gervin put up an impressive 73 points only to fall short as Gervin put up 63 right after his performance to secure the title.
6. Willis Reed limping on the court
In one of the most inspirational moments in basketball history, injured player New York Knick Willis Reed limped out on the court to play. As a result, he motivated and reenergized his team to victory in the NBA finals in 1970.
5. Dr. J’s amazing around the rim lay-up
During game 4 of the 1980 NBA finals against the Lakers, Julius Irving stunned the crowd with a lay-up that went from one side of the rim to the other in mid-air. The 76ers won that game 105-102.
4. Larry Bird steals the ball from Detroit for the win
With mere seconds left in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in 1987, all the Pistons had to do was inbound the ball and hold it. But Larry Bird had other plans. He stole the ball and passed it to Dennis Johnson, who laid it in the basket for the win.
3. Magic Johnson’s Hook shot against the Celtics.
In the 80’s, the rivalry between the Lakers and Celtics was intense. So you can imagine the excitement when Magic Johnson hit a sky hook to win game 6 of the 1987 finals sealing the Championship for the Lakers with a final score of 107-106.
2. Michael Jordan’s last shot as a Bull
Michael Jordan is not one to disappoint. And that was never more evident than in the 1998 Game 6 Finals game with the Chicago Bulls facing the Utah Jazz. Jordan hits a jump shot for the win, closing out his winning career as a Bull.
1. The Entire Dream Team Olympic Season
With a roster including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, and Christian Laettner. 11 Hall-of-Famers on one team, it’s pretty easy to see why this is my #1!
@NBABrothers are also thankful for the NBA Development Team the Westchester Knicks and their inaugural season in 2014. It may not be in the top 10 but deserves recognition including being the only D-League team that has the same NBAD-League Team name as their NBA counterpart: Knicks.
These were my top 10 basketball moments of all time. Did you think differently? Tell me in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.