By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on June 6, 2014
There have been tons of great NBA Finals moments over the years. In this slideshow we'll count down the best of the best from the NBA's modern era (1979-present, three-point shot era). Enjoy:
James Worthy definitely earned his famous moniker in game seven on the 1988 NBA Finals, as he went off for a triple-double - 36 pts, 16 rebounds and 10 assists - to help propel the Lakers to their fifth championship in the 1980s.
It looked like the Bulls were headed for game seven against the Trail Blazers in 1992, as they were down 15 entering the 4th quarter of game six. But all of a sudden, 'Scottie Pippen and the CBA All-Stars' took over. The group of backups got the Bulls back in game, and Jordan eventually re-entered the contest to help seal the Bulls second straight championship.
After many years of bitter defeats in the playoffs, Dirk finally reached the mountain top in 2011. Nowitzki only missed one free throw the entire series (45-46) on this way to Finals MVP,
Love him or hate him, you have to give King James credit for finally winning a ring. His excitement was that of a little kid on this June night in 2012.
Pierce gets clowned for this moment because it seemed to be a little over-dramatic. But there's no doubt he was in some serious pain. Either way, he came back and helped the Celtics get an advantage on the Lakers in the '08 Finals.
You don't earn a nickname like Big Shot Big without being absolutely clutch. In a career filled with clutch games, this one might standout the most for Horry.
What else can you say -- just another game-winner for the GOAT.
The Celtics had to come up with a steal, and Gerald Henderson was up to the task on this iconic Finals play in 1984.
The Dream ensured there'd be a game seven in 1994 with this huge block of the hated John Starks. Classic Hakeem to say the least.
When it comes to iconic moves in the history of the NBA, it doesn't get much better than the Doctor's trademark scoop move.
Marv Albert said it best at the time -- "Oh! A spectacular move by Michael Jordan!"
What else can you say about this shot other than the Heat would have lost if it hadn't gone in. Allen proved he's truly an all-time great and absolutely clutch with this huge three.
After a nasty ankle sprain, Thomas would go off for 25 points in the third quarter of game six in the 1988 NBA Finals. It remains the best individual performance in a loss in NBA Finals history.
Even Michael Jordan couldn't believe how on fire he was during the first half of Game 1 of the 1992 Finals. MJ hit six threes in the first half.
It doesn't get a whole lot bigger in sports than hitting a series-clinching shot. John Paxson did it in 1993 to sink the Phoenix Suns.
MJ told Steve Kerr to be ready in game six of the 1997 Finals for the series-clincher, and ready he was. Kerr knocked down the late-game jumper to give the Bulls their fifth title in the 1990s.
Magic Johnson played center in the clinching game of the 1980 Finals to earn his first NBA Championship. Oh yeah, he was a rookie.
Johnson was at it again in the '87 Finals, hitting this huge hook shot to propel the Lakers to their fourth title of the 1980s.
This game is the standard for anyone who's trying to play hurt or sick. Jordan willed himself to be great in this one.
This is the quintessential walk off game winner. If only he had stayed retired.
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