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Junior Hook (Johnson)

These finals marked the end of an era. Up 2 games to 1, the stars from Los Angeles were seconds away from securing their third win in four games over their arch rivals from New England, on top 103-102 with 30 seconds left to play. Names that adorn both teams’ rafters and the walls in Springfield all contributed in the seconds ahead.

The home team clung to a 106-104 lead on its parquet floor, after its floor leader drained a 3-pointer from the left corner. After the league’s career scoring leader sank one of two free throws, bringing their deficit to a single point, the greatest tripledouble threat and playmaker of all time did his Magic, draining an old-fashioned, right-armed, running hook which would be the difference maker. They won the game, and would go on to win that last epic battle of the era’s storied rivalry.

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