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Top 10 NBA Finals Moments of All Time

The 2022 NBA finals begin Thursday night when the Golden State Warriors take on the Boston Celtics. Jason Radowitz takes a look back at the Top 10 NBA Finals Moments of All Time.
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Top 10 NBA Finals Moments of All Time

We're anticipating a couple of huge moments in the NBA Finals this year. There are plenty of storylines that will be considered in the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics. The Warriors' core will be looking for their fourth championship while the Celtics' core will be looking for their first-ever championship. There's a lot at stake.

Let's revisit some of the best NBA Finals moments of all time. Will we see anything like these Top 10 NBA Finals moments below in 2022?

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Top 10 NBA Finals Moments of All Time

1. 1997 Michael Jordan's Flu Game

Everyone knows this one. In Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 1997, Michael Jordan helped the Bulls defeat the Jazz while suffering from the flu.

The series was tied at 2-2. Jordan didn't want to see the Bulls go down 3-2 in the Finals. So he played dehydrated and exhausted. Either way, it was enough to help the Bulls earn the win. Jordan admitted that it was the most difficult thing he's ever done. He did a lot to make him a legend in the game but that performance was legendary.

2. 2016 LeBron James

LeBron James really defeated a 72- win Golden State team while trailing 3-1 in the NBA Finals. He made some incredible plays throughout the series but the one that will always stand out was his chase-down block in Game 7. It was 89-89 when Steph Curry passed the ball to Andre Iguodala for the easy layup.

Instead, James chased him down on the other end and blocked the shot with 4:39 left to go in Game 7. With the Cavaliers finding a way to win that game, it has become the greatest block in the history of the game. What a moment.

3. 2013 Ray Allen's Game 6 Three-pointer

The Heat were running out of time against the Spurs in 2013. Miami super team was trailing the Spurs in the series, 3-2, and wouldn't get a Game 7 without a win in Game 6, at home. The Heat were down three with seconds to go. LeBron James missed a three but Chris Bosh earned a rebound and quickly passed to Ray Allen for a corner three that he drained.

The Heat sent that game to overtime, won in overtime, and then won Game 7 to win a title with their super team.

4. 1970 Willis Reed/Clyde Fraizer Helps Knicks to Game 7 win

The Knicks and Lakers were tied at 3-3 in the NBA Finals. Read tore his muscle in his right thigh and wasn't sure if he'd be able to play in Game 7. He decided to play and made two buckets but overall, just having him out on the court and being there gave the Knicks confidence to win that game.

Walt Frazier added 36 points and 19 assists in Game 7 to propel the Knicks to victory.

5. 2011 Iverson Steps Over Lue

There's no denying the greatness of Allen Iverson. Iverson used a crossover dribble against Tyronn Lue, hit a fadeaway jumper, and then stepped over Lue on his way back to play defense.

The Sixers won that game, 107-101, however, lost the next four and Iverson never saw the NBA Finals again. That play is still one of the most memorable plays in the history of the Finals. However, it would've been crazier if the Sixers won the series.

Other Top NBA Finals Moments

6. 2011 Mavericks use 22-5 Run to Stun Heat in 2011 Finals on Road in Game 2

7. 2000 Lakers earn OT victory over Pacers in Game 4 of 2000 Finals with Kobe Bryant playing on a bad ankle.

8. 2010 Lakers Top Celtics in Game 7 with Ron Artest's Clutch Three-Pointer

9. 1998 Bulls Clinch Championship with Michael Jordan earning a late steal and hitting a clutch jumper in Game 6

10. 2005 Spurs: Robert Horry Nailed Five Three-Pointers (and one huge one in overtime) in Win over Pistons in Game 5 of 2005 NBA Finals

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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