With nearly 74 years of history behind it, the National Basketball Association has plenty of moments that can be considered the greatest of all time. Though the question of which moments are the greatest are mostly a matter of opinion, there are some instances that are commonly agreed upon as being the best of the best. Here are five of those moments.
#1 – Michael Jordan’s Moment – Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals
There might not be a bigger moment in Basketball history than the time Michael Jordan made his final shot in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. It was a truly incredible moment, and it will live on for generations as potentially the greatest moment in the NBA’s history.
#2 – Michael Jordan’s “Sick Day”
With the 5th Game of the 1997 NBA Finals about to start, nobody could have expected a severely sick Michael Jordan to compete. The tenacity shown by Michael Jordan during this match was truly incredible. He scored nearly 40 points and won the game for his team by playing amazing in the final quarter.
#3 – Magic Johnson Does It All – Game 6 in the 1980 Finals
It is certainly hard to forget the time that Magic Johnson played every single position in a single game during Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals. This game will go down as one of the most memorable matches in the NBA’s entire history.
#4 – Vinnie Johnson’s Game 5 Performance
Vinnie Johnson came to play in Game 5 of the 1990 NBA Finals. He scored several points in rapid succession throughout the night and contributed to the Pistons victory in more ways than one. It didn’t hurt that he scored with less than a second to go with an exhilarating buzzer-beater to end the night and score the victory in Game 5.
#5 – LeBron James – Game 6 in the 2012 ECF
LeBron James brought his best to Game 6 of the 2012 ECF and would go on to win the NBA championship because of his performance that night. He earned 45 points that night and contributed to a victory with more than a dozen rebounds and a handful of assists. It is hard to imagine a better clutch performance at such an important moment.