“We cut him off and there was nowhere for him to go but out of bounds … It’s still the greatest move I’ve ever seen in basketball, the all-time greatest.”

--Magic Johnson, on Julius Erving’s ultimate hangtime move when he defied gravity and swooped behind the basket and away from defenders for an incredible layup in Game 4 of the 1980 NBA Finals

“Sky-hook, up – and in! Lakers win! Score it! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has given the Lakers the victory and Magic Johnson is out there celebrating like they just won an NCAA championship.”
--CBS play-by-play man Brent Musberger after the Lakers win in Magic Johnson’s first NBA regualr season game, a 103-102 victory over the San Diego Clippers on October 12, 1979

“Two seconds … one second … West throws it up! He makes it! West threw it up and makes it!”
--New York Knicks announcer Bob Wolff shouted after the Lakers’ Jerry West sank a majestic 60-foot shot to send Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals into overtime.

“Gar Heard turnaround shot in the air … aaaaahhhhhhh … it’s good!! It’s tied again! I don’t believe it!!!”
--CBS play-by-play man Brent Musberger after the Phoenix Suns forced a third overtime with the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals.

“Greer is putting the ball in play. ... He gets it out. ... and Havlicek steals it! Over to Sam Jones. Havlicek stole the ball! It's all over! It's alllll over! Johnny Havlicek is being mobbed by the fans. It's alllll over! Johnny Havlicek stole the ball.
--Boston broadcaster Johnny Most, on John Havlicek's legendary play to end Game 7 of the 1965 Eastern Conference Finals against Philadelphia

“It was like watching two great gun fighters, waiting for one of them to blink. It was boom! Boom! Larry would make one and Dominique would make one. Larry would make one and Dominique would make one. It was unbelievable. I tell you there was one four-minute stretch there that was as pure a form of basketball as you’re ever going to see.”
--Boston Celtics forward Kevin McHale on the duel between Dominque Wilkins (47 points) and Larry Bird (34 points) in Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semfinals.

“When Willis came out onto the court, it was like the place exploded. Chills were going up and down everyone's spines.”
--New York Knicks forward Bill Bradley, on teammate Willis Reed's dramatic entrance onto the Madison Square Garden floor for Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals vs. the L.A. Lakers

“I’ve never seen anything like it. It was one of the greatest plays of all time. It was just a magnificent play.”
--Boston Celtics general manager Red Auerbach, on Larry Bird’s midair rebound, ball shift from his right to his left hand and successful shot from behind the basket in Game 1 of the 1981 NBA Finals.