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Continued: 7th Heaven: NBA season comes down to its final day for 6th time in last 35 years

  • Article by: JON KRAWCZYNSKI , AP Basketball Writer
  • Last update: June 20, 2013 - 2:59 PM

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1988: Lakers 108, Pistons 105. Pat Riley famously said that his Los Angeles Lakers would defend their 1987 title. He was correct, but his club was taken to the absolute limit by Detroit. The Pistons played down the stretch without their floor leader, as Isiah Thomas succumbed to the sprained ankle he was trying to play through. But they gave the Lakers all they wanted, cutting a 15-point deficit all the way to one on Bill Laimbeer's 3-pointer. The Pistons would not score again, the Lakers got a layup to clinch the title and with that Riley's team survived its third Game 7 of that year's playoffs. James Worthy was magnificent, finishing with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for Los Angeles, which went 4-0 in games where it was facing postseason elimination. Joe Dumars scored 25 for the Pistons, who led the series 3-2 before the 2-3-2 series returned to Los Angeles.

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1984: Celtics 111, Lakers 102. Round 1 goes to Larry Legend. In the first finals meeting between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, the Celtics and Lakers traded punches in a tense first six games. Back at the Boston Garden for Game 7, Bird put up 20 points and 12 rebounds to get the better of his rival from Los Angeles. The Lakers cut a 14-point deficit to three with just over a minute remaining, but Cedric Maxwell forced a key steal on a pass from Johnson to Worthy and Dennis Johnson hit two free throws to seal the victory. Maxwell led the way with 24 points, eight assists and eight rebounds and Dennis Johnson scored 22 points for the Celtics. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 29 points, Worthy had 21 and Magic Johnson had 16 points and 15 assists for the Lakers. Magic would get his revenge over Bird in two more finals clashes, but he made just 5 of 14 shots in this one.

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St. Louis 2
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
Atlanta 2
Miami 7 FINAL
Washington 11
Detroit 4 FINAL
Philadelphia 4
Minnesota 6 FINAL
Baltimore 5
NY Yankees 7 FINAL
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Boston 3
Baltimore 4 FINAL
Toronto 2
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LA Angels 6
Chicago Cubs 7 FINAL
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San Francisco 11
Chicago WSox 4 FINAL
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Seattle 5 FINAL
San Diego 8
Texas 5 FINAL
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Colorado 11 FINAL
Arizona 10
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Colorado 2
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Washington 91
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Minnesota 88 FINAL
New Orleans 110
Philadelphia 86 FINAL
Cleveland 87
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Miami 95
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Boston 90
Dallas 61 3rd Qtr
Indiana 55
Memphis 42 3rd Qtr
San Antonio 51
Oklahoma City 8:00 PM
Phoenix
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Nashville 2
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NY Islanders 5
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Chicago 1
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