1993 Western Conference Finals Game 7
How could a 13-point win be swung by the refs? When one team shoots 64 free throws. The Heat and the Knicks couldn’t even score that many points in a full game back then. Sir Charles led the parade to the free-throw line with 22 attempts as the Suns shot 28 more freebies than the Sonics. Phoenix went on to the Finals, where they were dismissed by M.J. and the Bulls in six games.
Barkley - 44pts 24 reb
2008 Western Conference Finals Game 4
The Spurs were down 2 with the ball when Brent Barry pump-faked Derek Fisher into the air. Fisher came down on top of Barry, forcing an errant miss at the buzzer and a Lakers win. No call. A day later, the league office issued a statement saying that the play was indeed a foul. Instead of heading back to Los Angeles knotted up at 2-2, L.A. wound up with a commanding 3-1 series lead after this dubious no-call. The Lakers went on to win the series before losing in the finals to Boston.
Kobe - 28pts 10reb
2009 Eastern Conference First Round Game 5
In Game 5 of one of the greatest first round series ever (there were seven overtime periods played during the first six games), Rondo made the game-saving play. And it was completely illegal
. With two seconds left in OT and the Bulls trailing 106-104, Brad Miller had a clear path to the basket until Rondo clubbed him in the side of the face. Not making a play on the ball should have resulted in a flagrant foul, which would mean the Bulls could select the player to shoot the two free throws. Instead, it was called a shooting foul. The dazed and bloodied Miller had to shoot the free throws or else the Celtics could pick the shooter. Miller missed both and the Celtics went on to win the game and the series before bowing out to Orlando in the next round.
Rondo 28pt 11ast
footage from Game 6 (3OT classic)
1998 NBA Finals Game 6
The last defining moment for His Airness was also an offensive foul. Everyone remembers Jordan standing alone with his hand extended to finish off his second threepeat, but they forget why he was alone. With the Bulls down 86-85, Jordan drove right, stopped on a dime and promptly pushed his defender, Bryon Russell, to the ground before draining the game winner with five seconds left. Neither the Bulls nor the Jazz have made it back to the Finals since.
1991 Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 6
With the Pistons leading three games to two, the Celtics were on the ropes. Things only got worse by the third quarter, with Boston down 17. But they rallied. With the score tied at 103 and less than a minute left in the game, Kevin McHale tipped in a Reggie Lewis miss for a two-point lead. Then the whistle blew. Referee Jack Madden ruled that it was offensive goal-tending. Regulation ended in a 105-105 tie and the Pistons went on to win in overtime. Replays would later show conclusive evidence that it was a completely legal tip-in, but it was too late, Boston’s season was over. Detroit went on to be swept by the Bulls in the next round.
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