November 7 1987: Larry Bird's buzzer beater beats Bullets in double OT. With 24 seconds left in the 4th quarter, Bird hit a 3 that was waived off by the refs because Celtics coach K.C. Jones (who won 8 titles with Boston as a player) had signalled for a timeout a timeout before Danny Ainge raced down the court and kicked it to Bird. With 7 seconds left, the Celtics, still down 3, inbounded to Bird, who hit evaded the double team and hit a runner off one foot with 4 seconds left to send the game to OT. With 1 second left in OT and the game tied, the Celtics inbounded from the hashmark to Bird, who quickly turned and threw up a shot that looked good but hit off the back of the rim. "I thought that shot was going." said Bird after the game, who won the game for Boston at the buzzer in the next OT. The Celtics found themselves down 1 with 2 seconds left after Moses Malone put Washington back up. The Celtics inbounded the ball from the same spot as they did at the end of the 1st OT to Bird, who shot it from the same area of the floor. Ballgame. The ball actually hit the back of the rim again, but this time about a half inch closer to where it needed to be to drop in. Goes to show you how consistently accurate Bird was with the ball, whether passing or shooting, no matter the situation, whether set or off balance (his missed shot at the first OT buzzer was a turning fadeaway off one foot from deep with a defender right in his grill). Celtics win 140-139. Before Bird hit the buzzer beater, K.C. Jones was again signalling to the refs for another timeout, but they didn't see him with all the commotion. THAT would sucked for all parties involved had another clutch Bird shot gone in but not counted because the coach wanted to draw up a play when the play is, invariably, give the ball to Larry.
Bird: 47pts (19-29) 8reb 7ast 2stl
Ainge: 28pts 6reb 12ast
Parish: 17pts 13reb
Moses: 32pts (11-24) 13reb
🎶: "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi was released in 1986.
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