Part 2: The conclusion of the Top 10 Larry Bird NBA Finals performances. Find 10-6 here.
By Cort Reynolds
With the NBA championship series in full swing and talk about Tim Duncan's place among the game's all-time greats being bandied about, it seems a good time to review the top 10 Finals contests in the storied career of Celtic legend Larry Bird.
5) Game 4, 1985 Finals. In an extremely hostile Forum atmosphere, Boston trailed 2-1 and faced a must-win situation due to the new implementation of the 2-3-2 format which promised a potential clinching fifth game in LA on the horizon.
The Celtics trailed 90-83 when Larry put on perhaps the greatest three-minute display of all-around brilliance in Finals history to single-handedly will Boston back from the brink of elimination.
First he blocked a Bob McAdoo jumper from the side and forced a jump ball, which he won. He then buried a 22-footer from the right wing. Larry then grabbed an offensive rebound, put in a left-handed follow...