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Top 10 NBA Iconic Playoff Moments
Magic's Junior Skyhook
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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There were many epic moments in the Lakers-Celtics battles in the 1980s, as the NBA's greatest rivals met three times in the Finals. There was Kevin McHale clotheslining Kurt Rambis in Game 4 of the 1984 Finals; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's sky hooks that exorcised the ghosts for L.A. in the Garden in 1985; but the most famous of them all was Magic Johnson's game-winner in 1987.

With the Lakers up two games to one, Boston had a chance to even the series at home in Game 4 and had a 1-point lead late in the game. But the Lakers had possession with 7 seconds left, and all eyes were on Johnson as he took the inbounds pass. Magic hesitated briefly before driving into the middle of the lane. Just as McHale and Robert Parish converged on him, he launched a rainbow hook shot over both big men, the ball swishing through the hoop with 2 seconds left to give the Lakers the lead.

L.A. survived a missed last-second shot by Bird to take a 3-1 series lead before winning the Finals in six games, thanks in no small part to Magic's self-styled "junior, junior skyhook."

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