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Top Five Retro Basketball Games

Arguably one of the greatest NBA game of all time occurred during the 1976 showdown in the final match of the NBA championship between the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns. The first overtime ended with Paul Silas (Celtics) attempting to signal an unauthorized timeout subsequently ignored by referee Richie Powers ending the period tied. At the end of the second overtime, the Suns scored to take a one-point lead with only four seconds to the buzzer. John Havlicek sprinted down the floor and sunk a fifteen-foot jumper to put the Celtics up by one, bringing hundreds of fans to the floor in celebration; the game, however, was not yet over. With one second restored to the clock, Paul Westphal (Phoenix) requested an ineligible timeout resulting in a technical foul. The Celtics scored, moving to a two-point lead, but the Suns with ball at half-court scored on a Gar Heard jumper to tie. The stunned Garden crowd went silent. Glenn McDonald, Celtic reserve, scored six points in the final period to bring home a 128-126 win for Boston.

One game previous to this Celtic win was a dynasty defeat in 1958 NBA championship final competition which ended a decade long run by the infamous Boston club. The St. Louis Hawks, whose 6’9” power forward Bob Petit, scored 50 points, 19 of which were in the final team 21 as they steam-rolled over Boston with a last minute tip-in leaving fifteen seconds on the clock in a 110-109 Cinderella win.

A game just four years later marked the astonishing feat by Bill Russell in the final contest of the 1962 NBA championship season whose 30 points and 40 rebounds led the Boston Celtics to a 110-107 defeat over the Los Angeles Lakers in overtime.

The 1980 6th game of the NBA finals comes on the heels of this competition with rookie Magic Johnson suiting for injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At halftime, the Lakers and the 76ers were tied at 60-60. The Lakers came out explosive in the third quarter firing fourteen unanswered points and stunning the Spectrum crowd as Johnson commanded the boards with 42 points. He was, however, overshadowed by Jamaal Wilkes who scored 25 of his 37 in the second half.

An awesome spectacle by Michael Jordan occurred in the 1986 NBA first round playoff game between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics in which the Bulls fell to the Celtics 135-131. Jordan, in a his one-man show at Boston Gardens, made it into the annals of NBA history with an awesome display which included fade-away jumpers and signature flying dunks to drop 63 points for the Bulls effort that included 19 of 21 free throws and 22 of 41 field shots.

Kobe is Possibly the next Michael Jordan

Regardless of whether Michael Jordan is the best player of all time, you have to argue that his career was a benchmark for many of today’s players. And now that Kobe Bryant is considered, arguably, the best player in the league, the question has to be asked: do his achievements exceed what Jordan did? Well, in at least four instances they do:

5. More All Star MVP Awards
While Jordan was always a sight to behold at an All Star Game, Bryant has passed him in terms of All Star MVP Awards. Michael won three All Star MVP Awards in his career (1988, 1996, 1998), while Bryant currently has won four (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)

4. More points in one game
For all of his big single games (five games with over 60 points), Jordan never had a night like Kobe had on January 22, 2006 against the Toronto Raptors. With 81 points, Kobe had the second most points all time, only behind Wilt Chamberlin’s legendary 100 point game.

3. More All NBA Selections
In his fourteen seasons, Bryant has been selected to an All NBA Team more times then Jordan has in his entire career. Jordan was selected to a team 11 times (10 time First Team, one time Second Team), while Bryant has been selected 12 times (eight time First Team, two time Second Team, two time Third Team).

2. Most points scored at Madison Square Garden
It may not seem like a big deal, but a lot is made about having a big game under the bright lights of MSG. Michael Jordan has had a number of extremely memorable games in New York. Who can forget the one where he lit up the Knicks while having the flu? It may surprise you, though, to learn that Kobe holds the records for the most points in a single game at MSG. In a February 2009 game, Bryant put in 61 in a Lakers victory. Jordan was never able to do that.

1. More NBA finals appearances
All right, at this point in his career Jordan had won more championships than Bryant has (though he can tie Michael’s mark this season), but Bryant has seven appearances to Jordan’s six, with Bryant winning five and losing two. And before you bring up the Shaq thing, it’s not like Jordan had nobody’s around him in Chicago when he won his six.