The biggest shots in Lakers playoff history
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9. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Game 5 NBA Finals, May 14, 1980.( Associated Press / May 14, 2080 )
The setting: With 33 seconds left in a tie game, Abdul-Jabbar scored on a dunk and was fouled by Julius Erving. Abdul-Jabbar made the free throw and the Lakers won, 108-103, at the Forum.
The significance: Abdul-Jabbar sprained an ankle late in the third quarter and limped to the locker room. He returned at the start of the fourth quarter and scored 14 of his 40 points in the final 12 minutes. The leagues most valuable player missed Game 6 in Philadelphia, but Magic Johnsons heroics led the Lakers to a 123-107 victory and the title.
Note: This picture shows an earlier shot from the same game.