From improbable steals to buzzer beating baskets, NBA fans have witnessed some incredible plays throughout the years. With basketball season officially in full swing, we take a look at some of the most memorable moments in NBA history.
The 2004 Detroit Pistons
Detroit’s First NBA Championship since 1990, these improbable Pistons shocked the Lakers 4-1, and took home the Larry O’Brien trophy without a single player averaging more than 20 points per game. This true team effort gave Larry Brown the distinct honor of having both an NBA and NCAA championship.
Darryl Dawkins’ glass-shattering Dunks
Known throughout the league as an unyielding bruiser, Darryl Dawkins’ pair of backboard-breaking shots in two games in ‘79 caused the NBA to switch from glass to unbreakable backboards.
Kobe Drops 81
In what looked to be a pretty standard NBA game turned into one for the record books, as Kobe scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. “The Black Mamba” went 28-46 from the field, and finished with the most points in a game since Wilt’s 100.
“The Captain” Plays
In the 1970 NBA Finals, the Lakers tied up the series at 3 all, but the biggest blow to the Knicks came when Center Willis Reed went down with a knee injury. Projected to miss game 7, Reed walked onto the court, igniting his team, and the Madison Square Garden Crowd. Making his first 2 shots, Reed inspired the Knicks to a blowout victory, and an NBA Championship.
Jordan’s Double Nickel
Just 5 games after coming out of his first retirement from basketball, “His Airness” lit up the Garden with 55 points. The “Double Nickel” game let the league know that MJ hadn’t lost a step during his time on the diamond.