With yesterday marking the start of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, we’ve pressed rewind in order to bring you some of the top plays from the post season. Disclaimer: This list is in no particular order!
Scottie Pippen: The Ewing Dunk
The famous Scottie Pippen dunk on Patrick Ewing during the bitter rivalry between the Bulls and Knicks. This dunk is said to be one of the best dunks of all time.
1994 Eastern Conference Semi Finals: Game 6
Reggie Miller scores 8 pts in 18.6 seconds
On May 7, 1995, Miller scored eight points in 18.6 seconds in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Knicks, leading the Pacers to a stunning 107–105 victory.
1995 Eastern Conference Semi Finals: Game 1
Magic Johnson starts at center in 1980 Finals
Magic Johnson was the man in the middle for the Lakers Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals. Starting at center, he played all but one minute and exploded for 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, including an impressive 14-of-14 from the line.
1980 NBA Finals: Game 6
Michal Jordan: “Flu Game”
Arguably Michael Jordan’s single greatest performance in his career and one of the greatest moments in NBA History. A Flu ridden Jordan recorded 38 pts, 5 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 block as he shocked the world.
1997 NBA Finals: Game 5
2009 First Round Playoffs Game 6 Bulls v. Celtics Triple Overtime
The Bulls pulled out a hard-fought victory in triple overtime over the Celtics in a series that many are calling one of the best of all time.
Eastern Conference Playoffs 1st Round: Game 6
Bird vs Wilkins
Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins go head to head in one of the greatest playoff duels to happen in the history of the NBA. Dominique Wilkins and Larry Bird staged one of the greatest duels in NBA history when they went shot-for-shot in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Wilkins scored 16 of his 47 points in that quarter, but Bird edged him by scoring 20 of his 34 points in the final frame, leading the Celtics to victory.
1988 Eastern Conference Semi Finals: Game 7
Jordan Dunks on Ewing
Michael Jordan dunks on Patrick Ewing in the 1991 Playoffs.
1991 Eastern Conference Playoffs: Game 3
Larry Johnson’s 4 point play
As the 8th seed, not many people expected much from the Knicks. Instead, they ended up shocking and shutting up their critics by making it to the 1999 NBA finals. The road was not easy by any means which included an epic Eastern Conference finals match up between the Knicks and the rival Pacers. Game 3 will always stick out thanks in part to LJ’s four point play with the clock winding down to win the game.
1999 Eastern Conference Finals: Game 3
Warriors upset Mavericks in 2007 Playoffs
Arguably the greatest upset in NBA playoffs history was when the #8 seed Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks decisively in 6 games in 2007. They may have not gone far in the playoffs but beating the Mavericks in 6 games made for an unforgettable moment which is why it’s on this list!
2007 Western Conference Playoffs Round 1: Game 6
Jordan’s scores 45 against Utah Jazz as Bulls win the title
Simply said…”Jordan’s last shot.”
1998 NBA Finals: Game 6