With the NBA Finals right around the corner, ESPN Classic looks back at some of the best Finals games of the past. From Larry Bird's Celtics and Magic Johnson's Lakers, to Michael Jordan's Bulls and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's Lakers, ESPN Classic will present 31 hours featuring some of the most memorable NBA Finals games. Here's the schedule:
All times Eastern
Classic NBA Finals, Saturday, 10 a.m. - Sunday, 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 1
10 a.m. - 1991, Game 1: L.A. Lakers at Chicago Bulls
|Magic Johnson was named Finals MVP three times.|
Sam Perkins drilled a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left as the Lakers shocked the Bulls, 93-91. Magic Johnson had a triple double with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Lakers. Michael Jordan did his part for Chicago with 36 points and 12 assists.
Noon - 1984, Game 2: L.A. Lakers at Boston Celtics
Scott Wedman's 13-foot jumper with 14 seconds remaining lifted the Celtics past the Lakers, 124-121 in overtime. Larry Bird led the Celtics with 27 and center Robert Parish made two key steals late in the game.
2 p.m. - 1993, Game 3: Phoenix Suns at Chicago Bulls
Charles Barkley, who played with a heavily bandaged and swollen right elbow, had 24 points and 19 rebounds while teammate Kevin Johnson played 62 of the game's 63 minutes and scored 25 points in the Suns' surprising 129-121 triple overtime win.
4 p.m. - 1985, Game 4: Boston Celtics at L.A. Lakers
Dennis Johnson's 20-foot jump shot with one second remaining gave Boston
a 107-105 victory to tie the series at 2-2. Johnson finished with 27 points.
7 p.m. - 1992, Game 6: Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls
The Bulls overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Portland 97-93 and claim their second straight NBA title. Michael Jordan scored 12 of his 33 points in the finals six minutes.
9 p.m. - 2000, Game 4: L.A. Lakers at Indiana Pacers
|Kobe Bryant has won two NBA titles with the Lakers.|
Kobe Bryant scored eight of his 28 points in overtime, guiding the Lakers to a 120-118 victory and 3-1 series lead. Shaquille O'Neal, who scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth, also had 21 rebounds for L.A.
11 p.m. - 1976, Game 5: Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics
The Celtics take control of the 1976 Finals with a thrilling 128-126 win in triple overtime. Garfield Heard beat the buzzer with a high arching jumper from beyond the top of the key to send the Suns into the second overtime, but John Havlicek led Boston to the win.
Sunday, June 2
1 a.m. - 1977, Game 6: Philadelphia 76ers at Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers become the first team to win four straight after losing the opening two games with a 109-107 victory over the 76ers.
3 a.m. - 1989, Game 4: Detroit Pistons at L.A. Lakers
MVP Joe Dumars scored 23 points to help give the Pistons a 4-0 sweep of the Lakers as Detroit won their first NBA crown in 41 years. Los Angeles was stopped from winning its third consecutive title and sixth in the 1980s.
5 a.m. - 1981, Game 1: Houston Rockets at Boston Celtics
Larry Bird scored 18 points, had nine assists and 21 rebounds as the Celtics rallied for a 98-95 victory. It was Boston's 14th consecutive victory over Houston.
7 a.m. - 1975, Game 4: Golden State Warriors at Washington Bullets
The Warriors defeat the Bullets, 96-95, to complete a four-game sweep.
9 a.m. - 1997, Game 6: Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls
Steve Kerr's 14-footer snapped an 86-86 tie and Scottie Pippen's steal on the ensuing possession secured the Bulls fifth championship in the last seven seasons with a 90-86 victory.
11 a.m. - 1987, Game 4: L.A. Lakers at Boston Celtics
Magic Johnson (29 points) converted on a hook shot with two seconds left lifted the Lakers to a dramatic 107-106 victory over the Celtics giving the Lakers a 3-1 series lead. Kevin McHale had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Celtics.
1 p.m. - 1993, Game 2: Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns
Chicago's Michael Jordan and Phoenix's Charles Barkley went head-to-head, each scoring 42 points, but the Bulls received more help from Horace Grant (24 points) and Scottie Pippen (15 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists) to defeat Phoenix 111-108.
3 p.m. - 1990, Game 2: Portland Trail Blazers at Detroit Pistons
Clyde Drexler finished with a game-high 33 points and hit a pair of decisive free throws with 2.1 seconds to go as the Trail Blazers stunned the Pistons 106-105 in overtime.