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Big scoring performances, series-clinchers mark exciting week on NBA TV

John Schuhmann

John Schuhmann

It’s been more than six weeks since the season was suspended, and it’s not yet clear if or when it will resume. So NBA TV continues its rewind of some of the best performances and most exciting games in league history.

This week’s schedule features some big scoring a big shots, along with Bulls guard Zach LaVine reliving one of the most ridiculous performances we’ve seen this season.

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Monday: Klay Drops 60

8 p.m. ET: Pacers at Warriors, Dec. 5, 2016 (Pop Up Edition)

Monday’s schedule will feature some memorable 60-point performances, with Kobe Bryant’s final game at 11 a.m. ET and Gilbert Arenas dropping 60 (including 16 in overtime) on the Lakers at 1 p.m. ET. The day will be capped by a special Pop Up Edition of Klay Thompson’s career-high performance against the Pacers in 2016. Thompson scored his 60 points in three quarters, shooting 21-for-33 from the field, including 8-for-14 from 3-point range.

Tuesday: Big Shot Bob

8 p.m. ET: Kings at Lakers, May 26, 2002 (Pop-Up Edition)

The 60-point performances will continue into Tuesday, with Devin Booker’s 70-piece in Boston at 8 a.m. ET and a 65-point game from Bryant at 10 a.m. Then we’ll get into the game-winners: Paul Pierce called game at noon, followed by Derrick Rose against the Cavs, Stephen Curry from deep in Oklahoma City, Derek Fisher with 0.4, and then Damian Lillard waiving goodbye to the Thunder at 6 p.m. ET.

The 8 p.m. ET Pop Up Edition will look back at Game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference finals, capped by Robert Horry’s iconic buzzer-beating 3.

Wednesday: At the Buzzer: Zach LaVine and Kobe

8 p.m. ET: Bulls at Hornets, Nov. 23, 2019 (Film Room)

The Wednesday schedule is a continuation of the game-winners marathon. It includes Ralph Sampson’s jumper to send the Rockets to the 1986 Finals (9:30 a.m. ET), John Stockton’s game-winning 3 that eliminated the Rockets 11 years later (11:30 a.m.), and LeBron James’ 3 in the 2009 Eastern Conference finals (1:30 p.m.).

At 8 p.m. ET, Zach LaVine joins the broadcast to describe a huge fourth quarter (he scored 27 of the Bulls’ 47 points) and one of the craziest game-winning sequences you’ll ever see.

9 p.m. ET: Suns at Lakers, Apr. 30, 2006 (Pop Up Edition)

The LaVine Show is followed by a special-edition broadcast of one Bryant’s most memorable playoff moments. The Hall of Famer scored on a drive to send Game 4 of the first round to overtime, and then won it at the buzzer in the extra period.

Thursday: Happy Birthday, Isiah!

8 p.m. ET: Pistons at Nuggets, Dec. 13, 1983 (Pop Up Edition)

Thursday is the 59th birthday of Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas. So, the schedule will be a playlist of some of his favorite games, including Game 5 of the 1990 Finals (3:30 p.m. ET), when Thomas (game-high 29 points) and his Pistons won their second championship.

At 8 p.m. ET, it’s a special Pop Up Edition of the highest-scoring game in NBA history, when the Pistons edged the Nuggets, 186-184 in triple-overtime. Thomas led the Pistons with 47 points and 17 assists, and he made his team’s only 3-pointer of the game.

Friday: LeBron’s Big Breakout

8 p.m. ET: Cavs at Pistons, May 31, 2007

Cap the week with the night that LeBron James reached a new level. With the Eastern Conference finals tied 2-2 and with his Cavs down seven with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, James took over. The Pistons’ vaunted defense had no answer as James scored 29 of the Cavs’ final 30 points (shooting 11-for-14 in the final 11:05) in a 109-107, double-overtime victory that put them on the brink of their first trip to The Finals.

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John Schuhmann is a senior stats analyst for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.

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