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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Classic NBA playoff schedule


Remember Jordan's jumper over Ehlo or Bird's steal and pass to D.J.? How about Sampson's last-second shot to beat the Lakers or Mutombo and the Nuggets' upset of the Sonics? Well, here's your chance to see them again and many other classic NBA playoff games. ESPN Classic will celebrate some of the best games in NBA playoff history with an 18-hour special beginning on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. ET. Here's our complete schedule:

1 p.m. - 1994 Western Conference First Round, Game 5:
Denver Nuggets @ Seattle SuperSonics
The Nuggets beat the top-seeded Sonics,
Larry Bird
Larry Bird celebrates Boston's Game 5 victory over the Detroit Pistons in the 1987 NBA Playoffs.
98-94, marking the first time a No. 8 seed has beaten a No. 1 seed.

3 p.m. - 1987 Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5:
Detroit Pistons @ Boston Celtics
Celtics win 108-107 behind the heroics of Larry Bird and Dennis Johnson. Bird's 36 points, coupled with his steal and quick pass to Johnson for a lay-up, seal the victory for the Celtics.

5 p.m. - 1989 Eastern Conference First Round, Game 5:
Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Michael Jordan scores his famous double clutch jump shot to beat the Cavs, 101-100, allowing the Bulls to advance in the playoffs.

7 p.m. - 1993 Eastern Conference First Round, Game 4:
Boston Celtics @ Charlotte Hornets
The Celtics make one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history, but have nothing to show for it. Down 88-70 after three periods, the Celtics take the lead only to have Hornets center Alonzo Mourning hit a 21-foot jump shot with .4 seconds left for the win, 104-103.

9 p.m. - 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, Game 7:
Indiana Pacers @ N.Y. Knicks
Knicks win 94-90 over the Pacers. The win sends the Knicks to the NBA Finals for the first time in 21 years.

11 p.m. - 1997 Western Conference Finals, Game 6:
Utah Jazz @ Houston Rockets
John Stockton hits a three-pointer as the final buzzer sounds, sending the Jazz to their first NBA finals with a 103-100 win.

John Stockton
Utah's John Stockton (12) sinks a three-point shot at the buzzer to beat Houston in Game 6 of the 1997 Western Conference Finals.

Sunday, April 15

1 a.m. - 1991 Western Conference Finals, Game 6:
Portland Trail Blazers @ L.A. Lakers
Magic Johnson and Vlade Divac each hit a pair of clutch free throws in the last two minutes and the Lakers win 91-90 to go the finals against the Chicago Bulls.

3 a.m. - 1986 Western Conference Finals, Game 5:
Houston Rockets @ L.A. Lakers
The Rockets win the game, 114-112, and series on Ralph Sampson's one-touch, turnaround flip from an inbounds pass in the closing seconds of the game.

5 a.m. - 1990 Western Conference Semifinals, Game 7:
San Antonio Spurs @ Portland Trail Blazers
Down 97-90 with 2:30 remaining in regulation, the Blazers rally with seven unanswered points to send the game into OT, going on to win, 108-105.





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