NBA Finals: Top moments in history

Top NBA Finals moments

NBA.com Staff

Countless memorable moments have taken place on the NBA’s grandest stage and after much discussion, we present some of the top moments in Finals history.

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Top NBA Finals moments

(listed in chronological order)

The 1969 FinalsDon Nelson’s jumper helps Celtics beats Lakers in Game 7

The 1970 FinalsJerry West’s shot from 60 feet away sends Game 3 to overtime

The 1970 FinalsHobbled Willis Reed inspires Knicks in Game 7 title-clincher vs. Lakers

The 1975 FinalsWarriors sweep away 60-win Bullets to claim title

The 1976 FinalsGarfield Heard’s turnaround shot sends Game 5 to triple-OT vs. Celtics

The 1980 FinalsJulius Erving dazzles with amazing reverse layup in Game 4 vs. Lakers

The 1980 FinalsMagic Johnson fills in at center in Game 6 to clinch championship vs. Sixers

The 1984 FinalsGerald Henderson’s steal of inbounds pass turns tide in Game 2 vs. Lakers

The 1987 FinalsMagic Johnson’s “junior” sky hook in Game 4 sinks Celtics in Boston

The 1988 FinalsIsiah Thomas scores 25 points in 3rd quarter of Game 6 on injured ankle

The 1991 FinalsMichael Jordan hits amazing layup in Game 2 vs. Lakers

The 1992 FinalsMichael Jordan’s “shrug”, shooting display leads Bulls to Game 1 win vs. Blazers

The 1993 FinalsJohn Paxson’s 3-pointer clinches Game 6 win vs. Suns, Bulls’ first three-peat

The 1995 FinalsKenny Smith and Hakeem Olajuwon save day for Rockets in Game 1 vs. Magic

The 1997 FinalsMichael Jordan’s “flu” game sinks Jazz in Game 5

The 1997 FinalsSteve Kerr’s jumper in Game 6 clinches championship vs. Jazz

The 1998 FinalsMichael Jordan’s late steal, clutch jumper seals title in Game 6 vs. Jazz

The 2000 FinalsKobe Bryant (on a bad ankle) wills Lakers to OT victory in Game 4 vs. Pacers

The 2001 FinalsAllen Iverson nails clinching jumper and steps over Tyronn Lue in Game 1 vs. Lakers

The 2005 FinalsRobert Horry nails five 3-pointers as Spurs take pivotal Game 5 from Pistons

The 2008 FinalsCeltics rally from 24-point hole to win Game 4, take 3-1 lead on Lakers

The 2010 FinalsRon Artest’s clutch 3-pointer tops Celtics in Game 7 to seal title for Lakers

The 2011 FinalsMavericks use 22-5 run to stun Heat on road in Game 2

The 2013 FinalsRay Allen’s baseline 3-pointer ties up Game 6 vs. Spurs

The 2014 FinalsLeBron James cramps up, has to leave Game 1 vs. Spurs

The 2016 FinalsLeBron James’ chasedown block in Game 7

The 2016 FinalsKyrie Irving seals championship with clutch 3-pointer in Game 7