It was Game 4 of the 1987 NBA Finals. Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers led the series 2-1 against NBA rival Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. If the Lakers could win the pivotal game in Boston they would take a commanding series lead. If the Celtics won, the series would be tied at two games a piece and they would be right back in it.
After the Celtics jumped out to a 16 point second half lead the Lakers came storming back.
The outcome on the game was still undecided with five seconds remaining in the 4th quarter and the Lakers trailing 105-106. It was Lakers’ ball and what happened next was pure Magic. Lakers lengedary broadcaster Chick Hearn made the call.
The Lakers took a 107-106 lead on Magic’s “junior hook.” It was a baby version of the famed hook shot of teammate Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Larry Bird would miss a desperation shot as time expired in Game 4 giving the Lakers the win. L.A. would go on to win the series in six.
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