Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.
DECEMBER 11, 1987
LA LAKERS 115 – BOSTON CELTICS 114
MAGIC’S BANK SHOT WINS IT FOR LAKERS AS TIME EXPIRES
Let’s set the scene: Following a pair of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar free throws, the defending champion Lakers trailed the Celtics by one at the Boston Garden with less than a minute to play. When the Celtics would go ahead with three seconds left in regulation, Magic Johnson, at that point in the game with 16 points and 17 assists, would catch an inbounds pass and turn around for a desperation shot at the buzzer.
Magic’s shot from the left corner of the court would glance off the backboard and fall into the basket as the clock hit 0:00, as Laker players ran off the court quickly into the locker room. Officials would rule Magic’s basket a two-point shot (as his toes were on the line), and the Lakers would escape the Garden with a 115-114 victory despite Larry Bird’s 35-point night.
Writer’s note: While Derek Fisher’s “0.4” shot against the San Antonio Spurs didn’t draw glass, watch the two videos back-to-back to watch how eerily history repeats itself.
Quote of the Night: “You know, when I got it, I looked and I saw I had some room. I said, `Oh, man, that’s all I need, some room.'” – Laker guard Magic Johnson on his game-winning shot at the end of regulation for a 115-114 win over the Boston Celtics. – From the LA Times, Dec. 12, 1987