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The Top 10 NBA Finals Closeout Performances

By 06.21.12


Willis Reed‘s famous two buckets began this Game 7 after he walked onto the court with a limp and a stare that turned Wilt Chamberlain into a ghost. Once he walked off the court after his four points, however, it was Clyde’s game. He scored 22 points in the first half and would shoot the Knicks to a 20-point lead. The game wasn’t in doubt because of his maestro-like work by pouring in 36 points, 19 assists and seven rebounds in all. Reed and Frazier were the knockout bookends to this classic Game 7, the first of two titles for the Old Knicks in the 1970s.

5. LARRY BIRD, 1986

In our 2012 tunnel vision we believe Rajon Rondo is what a playoff triple double means for the Celtics’ franchise. Bird’s, however, came in the most important game of the season, Game 6, to hold off the Houston Rockets, 114-97. He scored 29 points, with 11 rebounds and 12 assists in 46 minutes, and hit 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.

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