Thursday, April 11, 2002
Classic NBA Playoffs
With the NBA playoffs right around the corner, ESPN Classic looks back at some of the best playoff games of the past. From the Nets knocking out the defending champion 76ers in '84 to Dikembe Mutombo leading Denver to a stunning upset of Seattle, ESPN Classic's will present some of the most memorable NBA playoff games. Here's the schedule:
All times Eastern
Noon - Classic NBA Playoffs
1984 Eastern Conf. 1st Round, Game 5
New Jersey Nets @ Philadelphia 76ers
The upstart New Jersey Nets beat the 76ers, 101-98 to eliminate the defending champs, 3-2, winning all three games on Philadelphia's court. Micheal Ray Richardson and Otis Birdsong, each wth 24 points and six assists, led the surprising Nets.
2 p.m. - Classic NBA Playoffs
1986 Eastern Conf. 1st Round, Game 2
Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics
The Celtics' innumerable advantages took their toll as Boston
eliminated the Bulls 122-104 to complete a three-game sweep of the best-
of-five series. Kevin McHale paced the Celtics with 31 points. Michael Jordan
had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the Bulls.
4 p.m. - Classic NBA Playoffs
1993 Eastern Conf. 1st Round, Game 5
Boston Celtics @ Charlotte Hornets
Alonzo Mourning drilled a jumper from the top of the key with 0.4 seconds left for the game-winner as the Hornets eliminated the Celtics and ended the career of Kevin McHale with a 104-103 victory.
6 p.m. - Classic NBA Playoffs
1994 Western Conf. 1st Round, Game 5
Denver Nuggets @ Seattle Supersonics
Dikembe Mutombo and the Nuggets pulled off one of the biggest upsets and comebacks in NBA playoff history with an improbable 98-94 overtime victory over Seattle. Denver became the first eight-seeded playoff team to beat a No. 1 seed, coming back from an 0-2 deficit in the best-of-five series.
8 p.m. - Classic NBA Playoffs