NBA Finals: Top moments in history

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.

* * *

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