What is the greatest NBA Finals moment? Who is the league’s most exciting new star? What is the greatest dunk of all time? Previously we've asked you, the fans, to vote on the greatest plays, players, and performances in NBA history and the answers will be on display an extraordinary 5-disc collector’s set due to hit stores on November 8.
Now its time to ask you to assist us in selecting which games to include in this DVD. We want fans to relive the greatest game from each of the last four decades, but we need your help. We have narrowed the games to a select few, but from now until July 25th, tell us which game truly defines NBA greatness.
The game from each decade that gets the most votes will appear on the new DVD: NBA's Top 10 Greatest, out November 8th.
1970 Finals Game 7, Lakers at Knicks
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One of the iconic moments in NBA history: Knicks Captain Willis Reed hobbles onto the court right before tip off, scoring the Knicks’ first two baskets against the Lakers of Chamberlain and West. Walt Frazier delivers one of the greatest performances in Finals history with 36 points and 19 assists for the Knicks, who capture their first-ever championship thanks to the inspiration of their captain.
1975 Finals Game 4, Warriors at Bullets
The Warriors win a nail-biter to finish the sweep over the heavily favored Washington Bullets. Winning all four games by a total margin of just 16 points, this is considered one of the greatest upsets in NBA history.
1976 Finals Game 5, Suns at Celtics
In what’s often referred to as the “Greatest Game Ever”, the Celtics overcome Gar Heard’s miracle game-tying turnaround jumper at the buzzer in double overtime and prevail in triple-OT with an exhausting 128-126 victory. The longest game in Finals history gives Boston a 3-2 series lead.
1978 Finals Game 7, Bullets at Sonics
Seattle loses for the 1st time in 21 games on their home floor at the wrong time, Game 7 in the Finals, as the Bullets capture their first and only title. A rare Game 7 loss for the home team in the Finals.
1981 Eastern Conference Finals Game 7, Sixers at Celtics
The Celtics come all the way back from 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Sixers in a dramatic Game 7, 91-90, thanks to a Larry Bird jumper in the final minute.
1984 Eastern Conf. First Round Game 5, Knicks at Pistons
The Knicks battle the Pistons in an epic and decisive Game 5. Isiah Thomas scores 40 points, but Bernard King scores 44, as the Knicks defeat the Pistons in overtime to take the series.
1984 Finals Game 4, Celtics at Lakers
After losing Game 3, Bird basically calls his team out as being soft. The Celtics respond to Bird’s challenge after 33-pt blowout in Game 3, get more physical with Lakers and tie series in LA, 129-125 in OT
1986 Playoffs 1st Round Game 2, Bulls at Celtics
In one of his greatest playoff performances, Michael Jordan scores 63 points in a 135-131 double overtime loss. Jordan’s 63 points still stand as an NBA Playoff record.
1987 Finals Game 4, Lakers @ Celtics
In another one of those epic ‘80s battles between the Lakers and Celtics, this is the classic “Magic Baby Hook” game, where Magic Johnson’s hook shot shocks the Celtics in the closing seconds to lead the Lakers to victory and a commanding 3-1 series lead.
1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 7, Hawks at Celtics
Larry Bird prevails in classic playoff duel with Atlanta’s Dominique Wilkins as the Celts outlast the Hawks. Wilkins pours in 47 points but it is not enough to overcome the Celtics and Larry Bird, who scores 20 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to advance, 118-116.
1988 Finals Game 6, Pistons at Lakers
In a valiant effort, Isiah scores 42 points on a badly sprained ankle, including an NBA Finals record 25 in the third quarter, only to have his team lose by 2 in the closing seconds.
1994 1st Round Game 5, Nuggets at Sonics
In a stunning upset, Denver beats the Sonics 98-94 in overtime to secure one of the greatest upsets in playoff history. The series marks the first time ever a No. 8 seed beat a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
1994 Eastern Conference Finals Game 5, Pacers at Knicks
If you want a Reggie Miller game, this was his best performance as he quieted the MSG crowd with an unbelievable shooting display in the 2nd half, including five three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Miller’s 39-point performance added to his legend as a clutch player.
1997 Western Conference Finals Game 6, Jazz at Houston
John Stockton scores 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer as time expires, to give the Jazz a 103-100 victory and the franchise’s first trip to the NBA Finals.
1997 Finals Game 5, Bulls at Jazz
In one of the greatest individual performances in Finals history, Michael Jordan, despite a very dehydrating case of the flu, plays 44 minutes and scores 38 points. His clinching three-pointer gives the Bulls a 90-88 victory and a 3-2 series lead.
1998 Finals Game 6, Bulls at Jazz
Michael Jordan hits "The Shot" to win the game at the end and the Championship. His 45-point performance earns Jordan and the Bulls their sixth championship of the decade, a perfect close to his Chicago Bulls career.
2000 Western Conference Finals Game 7, Blazers at Lakers
Trailing by 13 points at the end of the 3rd Quarter, the Lakers make an amazing comeback against the Blazers in the 4th Quarter to win the series.
2001 Finals Game 1, 76ers at Lakers
The Lakers came into the Finals undefeated in the Playoffs and looking for another sweep. Allen Iverson and the 76ers had other ideas, shocking the heavily favored Lakers in Game 1, a 107-101 overtime victory, behind Iverson’s 48 points.
2002 Western Conference Finals Game 7, Lakers at Kings
The Lakers win in overtime on the road in Game 7, 112-106, to take this exciting series between two intense rivals. Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant combine for 65 points as this Lakers squad begins to cement its place in NBA history.
2004 Western Conference Semifinals Game 5, Lakers at Spurs
Tim Duncan hits an amazing falling shot in the final seconds that’s for not, as Derek Fisher answers with the game-winner at the buzzer, helping the Lakers overcome an 0-2 series deficit, to take a 3-2 series lead.
2005 Finals, Game 5, Spurs at Pistons
Robert Horry delivers yet another memorable playoff moment, leading the Spurs to a double OT win and a 3-2 Series lead. In what will go down as one of the great clutch performances of all-time, "Big-Shot Rob" scores all 21 of his points in the fourth quarter and overtime, including a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining, to give the Spurs a 96-95 victory.