May 15th, 2015
As avid fans of basketball, we often recall our favorite moments from that nerve racking and incredibly entertaining basketball match. With tensions mounting and sitting at the edge of our seats, we celebrate the win of our favorite NBA team, all of which leads to unforgettable memories that would last for years to come.
Out of all the games one may have watched, there is always a necessity to recollect the greatest NBA games of all times. Here is a list of the 5 greatest NBA games of all times.
1) GAME 5 OF NBA FINALS 1976 – BOSTON CELTICS VS. PHOENIX SUNS
The 5th NBA Final game between Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns was one of the most memorable games ever. The game was to become the longest final game with three overtimes and was full of surprises coming from both teams.
In the second overtime, Suns’ player Paul Westphal managed to get a shot and secure a 1 point lead bringing the score 110-109. The shot by Westphal only left 5 seconds for Celtics to score. However, when Celtics’ John Havlicek was able to throw the ball from 15 meters into the basket, it led to an outpour of Celtics fans onto the court.
When the third overtime commenced, Celtics’ Glenn McDonald obtained 6 points that finally helped Celtics put the match to rest, ending the score at a tiring 128-126 win.
Celtics, after two days, went on to beat the Suns with a 7 point lead that helped them win their 13 NBA Championship.
- GAME 6 OF NBA FINALS 1998 – CHICAGO BULLS VS. UTAH JAZZ
During the reign of the all-time NBA legend, Michael Jordan; the 1998 finals between Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz was not a game to be missed.
The game progressed as a tug of war; in many moments, Jazz got the upper hand, but the Bulls bounced back and pulled the game in their favor. Michael Jordan’s desperation to lead the score with a large margin kept increasing as Jazz fought back harder and harder.
The game had stretched to an overtime, which saw Jazz get an upper hand by winning the opening shot. However, the Bulls secured the next three opening shots and secured a lead. With a one point lead over Jazz, Bulls were 87-86 but did not win until John Stockton’s final shot to avail the last chance for a Jazz’s win, was in shambles.
3) GAME 7 OF NBA FINALS 1984 – LAKERS VS. CELTICS
This was the game that catapulted the thrill of NBA to new heights. Owing to the intense Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird showdown, it fueled an interest in the game and built an enormous fan base for the NBA for generations to come.
With two overtimes and 7 games in total, the Lakers had taken a big hit especially in games 2 and 4. The Lakers however; had managed to win game 3 with a large margin but were unfortunate as the Celtics kept turning the game to their advantage and finally sealed their win in the 7th game.
4) GAME 5 OF NBA FINALS 1997 – CHICAGO BULLS VS. UTAH JAZZ
This game is famous as the ‘Flu Game’ that marked one of the greatest performances of Chicago Bull’s legend, Michael Jordan; and is also, the most remembered NBA playoff. Despite suffering from food poisoning, Jordan summoned the strength and courage to ensure his team made the win against the Jazz. He scored a surprising score of 38 points considering his decreased speed and strength, and led the Bulls to their victory.
5) GAME 6 OF NBA FINALS 2013 – SAN ANTONIO SPURS VS. MIAMI HEAT
The clash between the Spurs against the Heat set another mark in NBA history as the best game after the famous 1997 ‘Flu Game’.
The frustration from the intensity of the game had overwhelmed Heat’s LeBron James as Spur’s Tim Duncan pulled a tough battle to keep the Heat on its edges.
The match ended with the Heat taking a 3 point lead win and putting the score at 103-100.
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