Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 21, 1986: Sampson sends the Rockets to The Finals

On May 21, 1986, with one second on the clock, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Houston Rockets Big Man Ralph Sampson caught an inbound pass, spun around, and nailed the game winning shot as time expired. The shot gave the Rockets a 114-112 victory and kept the L.A. Lakers out of The Finals for the only time in a span of 8 years that ranged from 1982 to 1989. The Rockets would fall to the Celtics in The Finals in six games but Sampson provided a memorable playoff moment that was ultimately the highlight of his professional career.

Watch Sampson's Historic Shot Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXOts9kaiLQ&feature=player_embedded

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