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Top 10 NBA Iconic Playoff Moments
Larry's Legendary Steal
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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Larry Bird became "Larry Legend" and was called "Basketball Jesus" because of plays just like this one. Never the most athletic guy on the court, he nevertheless had a knack for making big plays and somehow being in the right place at the right time. Never more was this exemplified than in Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference finals against the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons, leading by one and having the ball out of bounds with five seconds remaining, looked like they'd have the game won with a potential Game 6 clincher at home coming up. But instead of calling a timeout and advancing the ball to the front court, the Pistons tried to hurry the inbounds pass. Bird intercepted Isiah Thomas' ill-fated attempt, and with his momentum carrying him out of bounds, somehow stopped a millimeter from the line and passes it to a cutting Dennis Johnson who laid it in to give the Celtics a 108-107 win. The Celtics would go on to win the series in seven games, making their last NBA Finals of the Bird era.

Top 10 Iconic NBA Playoff Moments




‹‹ Reed's Inspirational Limp Magic's Junior Skyhook ››

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