Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone. This weekend is of course to honor those who have died in our nation’s services, so first off, I would just like to say thank you all the men, women, and their families who have served for our great nation.
With that being said, it all also a great weekend for sports and there have been some unbelievable performances on Memorial Day to say the least. So we decided to roll them up in to our “Top 5 Memorial Day Performances of All Time”.
Here we go…
#5. MAY 27, 1985 – NBA: FINALS, GAME 1 – CELTICS 148 VS. LAKERS 114
Larry Bird and the Celtics absolutely destroyed Magic Johnson and the Lakers in Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals. Their 79 points in the first two quarters set a NBA record for points in a half. The Lakers we’re completely embarrassed in the Finals opener, but L.A got the last laugh beating Boston in 6 games.
#4. MAY 28, 1973 – MLB: WILBUR WOOD, 2 WINS VS. CLEVELAND INDIANS
So nice he did it twice. Wood started the remainder of a 21-inning contest that was delayed two days earlier. Wood tossed five innings of two hit ball. Chicago defeated Cleveland 6-3, Wilbur got victory. Then he started the next game and pitched a four-hit shutout against the Tribe for his second win of the day! FACT: you can’t spell Wilbur Wood without 2 W’s.
#3. MAY 27, 1996 – NBA: EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS – MICHAEL JORDAN, 45 PTS VS. ORLANDO
Michael Jordan left the NBA after the ’93 Championship season to play baseball or something. After failing miserably, he returned to the game he was destined to play. He lead the Bulls to a 72 win regular season, and the Bulls would coast to the NBA Finals. On their way, Jordan dropped his new jersey number on the Orlando Magic on Memorial Day, 1996. 45 points is a good performance… but he can do better.
#2. MAY 30, 1977 – MLB: DENNIS ECKERSLEY, NO-HITTER VS. CLEVELAND INDIANS
Hall-of-Fame hurler, Dennis Eckersley threw the 200th no-no in Major League Baseball history for the Indians on Memorial Day, 1977. Cleveland beat the Angels 1-0 as Eck walked only one batter while striking out 12 in the victory.
#1. MAY 31, 1993 – NBA: EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS – MICHAEL JORDAN, 54 PTS VS. NEW YORK
Our top Memorial Day performance goes to Michael Jordan. In ’93, the Bulls were down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals to the New York Knicks. Jordan came to play. He scored 54 points, the most ever allowed by the Knicks in a playoff game to lead Chicago to a Game 4 win. The Bulls would of course win the next two on their way to a third straight NBA Title.
Hopefully, there will be some epic Memorial Day performances in 2012 to feast our eyes upon. Enjoy the long weekend, but keep in mind what this weekend is all about. Thanks for reading.
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