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The 1986 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1985–86 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs. It pitted the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics against the Western Conference champion Houston Rockets, in a rematch of the 1981 Finals (only Allen Leavell and Robert Reid remained from the Rockets' 1981 team). It was the second and last NBA Championship Series of the 1980s not to feature the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics defeated the Rockets four games to two to win their 16th NBA championship. The championship would be the Celtics' last until 2008. Larry Bird was named the Finals MVP. On another note, this series marked the first time the "NBA Finals" branding was officially used, as they dropped the "NBA World Championship Series" branding which had been in use since the beginning of the league, though it had been unofficially called the "NBA Finals" for years. Until the 2011 series, this was the last time the NBA Finals had started before June. Since game three, all NBA Finals games have been played in June. Starting with the following year, the NBA Finals would be held exclusively in the month of June. It was also the last NBA Finals series to schedule a game on a Monday until 1999 and also the last NBA Finals game to be played on Memorial Day. CBS Sports used Dick Stockton and Tom Heinsohn as the play-by-play man and color commentator respectively. Meanwhile, Brent Musburger was the host and Pat O'Brien (the Rockets' sideline) and Lesley Visser (the Celtics' sideline) were the sideline reporters.

Contents

1 Background

1.1 Boston Celtics 1.2 Houston Rockets 1.3 Road to the Finals 1.4 Regular season series

2 The finals 3 Series summary

3.1 Game 1 3.2 Game 2 3.3 Game 3 3.4 Game 4 3.5 Game 5 3.6 Game 6

4 Player statistics 5 Aftermath 6 Team rosters

6.1 Boston Celtics 6.2 Houston Rockets

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Background[edit] Boston Celtics[edit] Main article: 1985–86 Boston Celtics season The Celtics made the 1985 NBA Finals, but lost in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers. The series exposed some of Boston's weaknesses, such as the lack of bench scoring, which was exploited after Kevin McHale moved to the starting lineup with Cedric Maxwell bothered by knee injuries. In addition, Larry Bird played through an elbow injury, which severely affected his shooting. In the offseason, president Red Auerbach decided to tweak the roster, trading Maxwell to the Los Angeles Clippers for oft-injured center Bill Walton. He also made a trade with the Indiana Pacers, acquiring the younger Jerry Sichting for an aging Quinn Buckner. These moves would pave the way for the Celtics' greatest season yet. Entering the 1985–86 season, the Celtics surged to a league-best 67–15 record, powered by an NBA record 40 victories at home. Their incomparable home record alone (since tied by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2015–2016 regular season) put the Celtics in the conversation among the NBA's greatest teams in a single season.[1] In the playoffs, Boston needed just three games to defeat the Chicago Bulls in the first round, despite a playoff record 63 points by Michael Jordan in Game 2.[2] When asked about Jordan's performance in Boston's 135-131 2OT victory, Boston's coach K. C. Jones said, "I don't have a word for today." [2] In retrospect, this game is considered to be a classic clash of the NBA's (arguably) greatest player, Jordan, and the NBA's (arguably) greatest team, Bird's '86 Celtics.[2] In the second round, Boston eliminated the Atlanta Hawks in five games, with the clinching Game 5 a no-doubter as Boston outscored Atlanta 36–6 in the third quarter en route to a 132–99 victory. Then in the conference finals, Boston swept the Milwaukee Bucks in four games, a direct reversal of their second round meeting in the 1983 NBA Playoffs. Houston Rockets[edit] Main article: 1985–86 Houston Rockets season Following their previous Finals appearance in 1981, the Rockets entered a brief rebuilding period. Long-time Rockets Calvin Murphy and Rudy Tomjanovich retired, while Mike Dunleavy, Sr., Bill Willoughby, Tom Henderson and Billy Paultz moved on to different teams. But the biggest move came during the 1982 offseason, when the Rockets traded Moses Malone to the 1983 champions Philadelphia 76ers. The loss of Malone sent the Rockets to a league-worst 14–68 record in the 1982–83 season, after which the Rockets were awarded the top pick of the 1983 NBA draft and selected Ralph Sampson. After a 29-win season in 1984, the Rockets were once again rewarded with the top pick in the 1984 NBA draft. They selected another center in Akeem Olajuwon, and paired alongside Sampson, they were dubbed as the "Twin Towers". Houston also added some valuable role players to complement the duo and holdovers Allen Leavell and Robert Reid, acquiring Rodney McCray, Lewis Lloyd, Craig Ehlo, Mitchell Wiggins and Jim Petersen. Under third-year head coach Bill Fitch (the head coach of the 1980–81 Celtics championship team), the Rockets posted a 51–31 record and won the Midwest Division title. In the first round, they swept the Sacramento Kings, then eliminated the Denver Nuggets in six games during the second round. In the conference finals, they were matched up against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, and after losing Game 1, the Rockets stunned the Lakers by winning the final four games, highlighted by a series-clinching buzzer beater by Sampson in Game 5. Road to the Finals[edit] Main article: 1986 NBA Playoffs

Houston Rockets (Western Conference Champion) Boston Celtics (Eastern Conference Champion)

# Western Conference

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Team W L PCT GB

1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756 –

2 y-Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 11

3 x-Denver Nuggets 47 35 .573 15

4 x-Dallas Mavericks 44 38 .537 18

5 x-Utah Jazz 42 40 .512 20

6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 40 42 .488 22

7 x-Sacramento Kings 37 45 .451 25

8 x-San Antonio Spurs 35 47 .427 27

9 Phoenix Suns 32 50 .390 30

10 Los Angeles Clippers 32 50 .390 30

11 Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 .378 31

12 Golden State Warriors 30 52 .366 32

2nd seed in the West, 5th best league record

Regular season

# Eastern Conference

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Team W L PCT GB

1 z-Boston Celtics 67 15 .817 –

2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 57 25 .695 10

3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 54 28 .659 13

4 x-Atlanta Hawks 50 32 .610 17

5 x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 21

6 x-Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 28

7 x-New Jersey Nets 39 43 .476 28

8 x-Chicago Bulls 30 52 .366 37

9 Cleveland Cavaliers 29 53 .354 38

10 Indiana Pacers 26 56 .317 41

11 New York Knicks 23 59 .280 44

1st seed in the East, best league record

Defeated the (7) Sacramento Kings, 3–0 First Round Defeated the (8) Chicago Bulls, 3–0

Defeated the (3) Denver Nuggets, 4–2 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (4) Atlanta Hawks, 4–1

Defeated the (1) Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1 Conference Finals Defeated the (2) Milwaukee Bucks, 4–0

Regular season series[edit] The Boston Celtics won both games in the regular season series:

March 11, 1986

Boston Celtics 116, Houston Rockets 104

The Summit, Houston, Texas

March 24, 1986

Houston Rockets 107, Boston Celtics 114

Boston Garden, Boston

The finals[edit] The Larry Bird–led Celtics defeated the Rockets again 4 games to 2 in the 1986 NBA Finals. The Celtics won the first two games at the Boston Garden, where they had gone 40–1 during the regular season. The Rockets had been almost as good at home during the regular season, and they defeated the Celtics 106–104 in game three. Game 4 was a tense battle at the Summit, which the Celtics won 106–103, with Bill Walton coming off the bench for a tired Robert Parish to score a crucial basket. The infamous fifth game featured the signature moment of the series, when 7'4" Ralph Sampson ignited a brawl with Jerry Sichting, a player 15 inches (380 mm) shorter than Sampson, leading to his[clarification needed] ejection. While Jim Petersen led the Rockets to a decisive victory, Sampson's actions motivated the Celtics to end the series in six.[citation needed] Bird dismantled the young Rockets in game 6; the Garden crowd booed every time Sampson touched the ball. The Celtics eliminated the Rockets 114–97 in a game that wasn't as close as the score would indicate.[clarification needed][citation needed] Bird was named the Finals' MVP for that year, averaging 24 points, 9.7 rebounds, 9.7 assists, and 2.7 steals per game for the series. It was the Celtics' 16th championship in 40 years and it was their last championship for 22 years. Series summary[edit]

Game Date Home team Result Road team

Game 1 Monday, May 26 Boston Celtics 112–100 (1–0) Houston Rockets

Game 2 Thursday, May 29 Boston Celtics 117–95 (2–0) Houston Rockets

Game 3 Sunday, June 1 Houston Rockets 106–104 (1–2) Boston Celtics

Game 4 Tuesday, June 3 Houston Rockets 103–106 (1–3) Boston Celtics

Game 5 Thursday, June 5 Houston Rockets 111–96 (2–3) Boston Celtics

Game 6 Sunday, June 8 Boston Celtics 114–97 (4–2) Houston Rockets

Game 1[edit]

CBS

May 26 3:00 pm EDT

Houston Rockets 100, Boston Celtics 112

Scoring by quarter: 28–34, 31–27, 17–30, 24–21

Pts: Akeem Olajuwon 33 Rebs: Akeem Olajuwon 12 Asts: Robert Reid 8

Pts: Bird, McHale 21 each Rebs: Dennis Johnson 11 Asts: Larry Bird 13

Boston leads the series, 1–0

Boston Garden, Boston Attendance: 14,890 Referees:

No. 14 Jack Madden No. 4 Ed T. Rush

The "Twin Towers" Ralph Sampson and Akeem Olajuwon were saddled with foul trouble for much of the game. Sampson got three quick fouls just 4:45 into the game and scored only two points; Olajuwon picked up five fouls despite scoring 33, 25 of which came in the first half. The backcourt tandem of Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge provided the third quarter spurt for the Celtics, combining for 22 points, while Boston held Houston to just 17 points in an expected victory. Game 2[edit]

CBS

May 29 9:00 pm EDT

Houston Rockets 95, Boston Celtics 117

Scoring by quarter: 30–31, 20–29, 19–34, 26–23

Pts: Akeem Olajuwon 21 Rebs: Akeem Olajuwon 10 Asts: McCray, Reid 5 each

Pts: Larry Bird 31 Rebs: Larry Bird 8 Asts: Larry Bird 7

Boston leads the series, 2–0

Boston Garden, Boston Attendance: 14,890 Referees:

No. 20 Jess Kersey No. 25 Hugh Evans

The third quarter again proved decisive for the Celtics, outscoring the Rockets 34-19 in the quarter. Sampson and Olajuwon combined for 32 points in the first half, but only seven in the second. Larry Bird paced the Celtics with 31 points on 12-for-19 shooting, while Kevin McHale added 25 in another Boston rout. It was Boston's 40th consecutive victory at home, regular season and playoffs combined. Game 3[edit]

CBS

June 1 3:30 pm EDT

Boston Celtics 104, Houston Rockets 106

Scoring by quarter: 29–33, 30–29, 25–18, 20–26

Pts: Kevin McHale 28 Rebs: Larry Bird 15 Asts: Larry Bird 11

Pts: Ralph Sampson 24 Rebs: Ralph Sampson 22 Asts: Robert Reid 9

Boston leads the series, 2–1

The Summit, Houston, Texas Attendance: 16,016 Referees:

No. 17 Joe Crawford No. 11 Jake O'Donnell

The Rockets rallied from eight points down in the fourth quarter before escaping to a much-needed two-point win at home, despite another third quarter meltdown. Sampson and Olajuwon combined for 47 points and 30 rebounds, Robert Reid added 20, while reserve guard Mitchell Wiggins tipped in off an Olajuwon miss late in the fourth to put the Rockets ahead for good. The Celtics only managed one more shot in their final two possessions, a missed 5-footer by Robert Parish. Kevin McHale and Larry Bird both scored 28 points in the loss, but Bird was held to 3-for-12 shooting in the second half due to Reid's defense. Game 4[edit]

CBS

June 3 9:00 pm EDT

Boston Celtics 106, Houston Rockets 103

Scoring by quarter: 30–30, 33–34, 23–21, 20–18

Pts: Robert Parish 22 Rebs: Robert Parish 15 Asts: Larry Bird 10

Pts: Ralph Sampson 25 Rebs: Akeem Olajuwon 14 Asts: Ralph Sampson 9

Boston leads the series, 3–1

The Summit, Houston, Texas Attendance: 16,016 Referees:

No. 10 Darell Garretson No. 12 Earl Strom

Larry Bird's three-pointer with 2:26 remaining gave Boston the lead for good, while holding the Rockets to just one basket in the final four minutes, keyed by Kevin McHale's three forced turnovers on Houston's final three possessions. Robert Parish scored 22 while hauling 15 rebounds. Dennis Johnson also added 22, while Bird scored 21 and dished out 10 assists. Ralph Sampson led the Rockets with 25 points, while Akeem Olajuwon, Robert Reid and Rodney McCray added 21, 19 and 17 respectively. The Rockets suffered their first home loss of the 1986 playoffs. Game 5[edit]

CBS

June 5 9:00 pm EDT

Boston Celtics 96, Houston Rockets 111

Scoring by quarter: 28–26, 19–32, 18–28, 31–25

Pts: Kevin McHale 33 Rebs: Kevin McHale 8 Asts: Danny Ainge 5

Pts: Akeem Olajuwon 32 Rebs: Akeem Olajuwon 14 Asts: Robert Reid 17

Boston leads the series, 3–2

The Summit, Houston, Texas Attendance: 16,016 Referees:

No. 25 Hugh Evans No. 14 Jack Madden

The game was highlighted by Ralph Sampson's ejection early in the second quarter. With 9:40 remaining in the second, Sampson threw punches at the Celtics' reserve guard Jerry Sichting, 16 inches shorter than Sampson, leading to his ejection while the benches were cleared. The Rockets were leading 34-33 at the time of the brawl, and would lead by as many as 25 points in the second half to score a lopsided victory. Akeem Olajuwon scored 32 points while blocking 8 shots. Though Kevin McHale scored 33, Larry Bird was held to only 17 points, ultimately leading to one of the worst losses suffered by the Celtics that season. Game 6[edit]

CBS

June 8 1:00 pm EDT

Houston Rockets 97, Boston Celtics 114

Scoring by quarter: 23–29, 15–26, 23–27, 36–32

Pts: Akeem Olajuwon 21 Rebs: Akeem Olajuwon 10 Asts: McCray, Reid 5 each

Pts: Larry Bird 29 Rebs: Larry Bird11 Asts: Larry Bird 12

Boston wins the series, 4–2

Boston Garden, Boston Attendance: 14,890 Referees:

No. 11 Jake O'Donnell No. 10 Darrell Garretson

In a masterful display of team basketball and payback for the Game 5 loss, Larry Bird notched a triple-double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists to pace a lopsided Boston win that clinched their 16th NBA championship. Kevin McHale added 29 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Olajuwon paced the Rockets with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but Ralph Sampson was held to only eight points on 4-for-12 shooting, visibly distracted by an angry Boston Garden crowd in the aftermath of Game 5. The Celtics led by as much as 30 in the fourth to put away the Rockets. Following the conclusion of the 1986 NBA Finals, a video documentary of the 1985–86 NBA season, known as "Sweet Sixteen", was released. David Perry was the narrator after Dick Stockton narrated the last three NBA season documentaries. This would be the city of Boston's last professional championship until 2002 when the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI. Had the Patriots and the Boston Red Sox won Super Bowl XX and the 1986 World Series, respectively (the Patriots lost 46-10 to the Chicago Bears, while the Red Sox lost in seven games to the New York Mets), it would've given Boston three different professional sports championships in the same calendar year (in 2007-08, the city came very close to achieving this, as the 2007 Red Sox and 2008 Celtics won titles, but the 18-0 Patriots lost Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants). A Houston-Boston World Series was also a possibility; however, the Mets defeated the Houston Astros in six games of the 1986 National League Championship Series. The closing song following Game 6 was "Whatever We Imagine" by James Ingram. Player statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Boston Celtics

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Ainge, DannyDanny Ainge 6 6 35.5 .556 .500 .824 3.5 5.5 2.5 0.2 14.5

Bird, LarryLarry Bird 6 6 44.8 .482 .368 .939 9.7 9.5 2.7 0.3 24.0

Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle 3 0 2.7 1.000 .000 .000 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.0

Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson 6 6 42.8 .420 .286 .821 6.2 5.3 2.0 0.3 17.0

Kite, GregGreg Kite 6 0 5.0 1.000 .000 1.000 1.0 0.3 0.2 0.2 1.0

McHale, KevinKevin McHale 6 6 40.2 .573 .000 .804 8.5 1.7 0.8 2.5 25.8

Parish, RobertRobert Parish 6 6 31.8 .418 .000 .500 6.8 1.0 0.5 2.2 12.7

Sichting, JerryJerry Sichting 6 0 14.2 .450 .000 .000 0.8 1.7 0.0 0.0 3.0

Thirdkill, DavidDavid Thirdkill 5 0 3.0 .200 .000 .500 0.4 0.2 0.4 0.0 0.6

Vincent, SamSam Vincent 4 0 3.0 .182 .000 .000 0.8 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.0

Walton, BillBill Walton 6 0 19.5 .622 .000 .500 6.7 1.7 0.5 0.7 8.0

Wedman, ScottScott Wedman 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Houston Rockets

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Ehlo, CraigCraig Ehlo 4 0 2.5 .714 .000 .667 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.3 3.0

Harris, SteveSteve Harris 4 0 6.8 .417 .000 .400 1.0 0.0 0.3 0.8 3.0

Leavell, AllenAllen Leavell 6 0 12.0 .382 .500 .800 0.8 3.0 0.7 0.0 5.7

Lloyd, LewisLewis Lloyd 6 6 22.3 .380 .000 .800 1.8 2.8 0.5 0.2 7.7

McCray, RodneyRodney McCray 6 6 39.5 .588 .000 .706 4.0 4.0 1.2 0.8 15.3

McDowell, HankHank McDowell 5 0 1.8 .667 .000 .667 1.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 1.6

Olajuwon, AkeemAkeem Olajuwon 6 6 40.2 .479 .000 .667 11.8 1.8 2.3 3.2 24.7

Petersen, JimJim Petersen 6 0 22.7 .311 .000 .750 7.2 1.8 0.7 0.5 5.2

Reid, RobertRobert Reid 6 6 40.2 .420 .125 .917 4.3 8.7 1.3 0.0 14.3

Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson 6 6 32.2 .438 .000 .731 9.5 3.3 1.0 0.8 14.8

Waiters, GranvilleGranville Waiters 4 0 1.8 1.000 .000 .000 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0

Wiggins, MitchellMitchell Wiggins 6 0 22.2 .451 .000 .667 3.7 1.3 0.8 0.2 8.3

Aftermath[edit] The Celtics would return to the NBA Finals in 1987; however, they lost in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers. Until 2008 this was the Celtics' last NBA championship. In the 1986–87 season the Celtics extended their home winning streak to 48 games and went on to win 59 games, 39 of which came at either Boston Garden or Hartford Civic Center. The Celtics went the distance in the 1987 NBA Playoffs; save for a three-game sweep of the Chicago Bulls in the first round, they were pushed to a Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons before eventually returning to the NBA Finals. The Celtics faltered down the stretch due to injuries, fatigue and age. This would also be the last championship for a team in the Boston area until the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI in the 2001 NFL Season, which would start a trend of Boston teams becoming successful with 10 championships in the last 16 years to date. As for the Rockets, their stay at the top of the Western Conference would only be temporary, as Ralph Sampson fell down with a knee injury that eventually curtailed his career. The Rockets would only win 42 games, upsetting the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round until being dethroned as west champions in the playoffs' second round by the Seattle SuperSonics in six games. The 'Twin Towers' were disbanded after Sampson was traded to the Golden State Warriors early in the 1987–88 NBA season. The Rockets would not return to the finals until their championship season in 1994. Team rosters[edit] Boston Celtics[edit]

1986 Boston Celtics Finals roster

Players Coaches

Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From

2.5 !G/F 7001440000000000000♠44 USA ! Ainge, Danny 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1959–03–17 Brigham Young

4.0 !F 7001330000000000000♠33 USA ! Bird, Larry (C) 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1956–12–07 Indiana State University

1.5 !G 7001340000000000000♠34 USA ! Carlisle, Rick 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1959–10–27 Virginia

1.5 !G 7000300000000000000♠3 USA ! Johnson, Dennis 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1954–09–18 Pepperdine

6.0 !C 7001500000000000000♠50 USA ! Kite, Greg 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1961–08–05 Brigham Young

5.5 !F/C 7001320000000000000♠32 USA ! McHale, Kevin 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1957–12–19 Minnesota

6.0 !C 5000000000000000000♠00 USA ! Parish, Robert 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1953–08–30 Centenary College of Louisiana

1.5 !G 7001120000000000000♠12 USA ! Sichting, Jerry 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 1956–11–29 Purdue

4.0 !F 7001450000000000000♠45 USA ! Thirdkill, David 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1960–04–12 Bradley

1.5 !G 7001110000000000000♠11 USA ! Vincent, Sam 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1963–05–18 Michigan State

6.0 !C 7000500000000000000♠5 USA ! Walton, Bill 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1952–11–05 UCLA

1.5 !G 7000800000000000000♠8 USA ! Wedman, Scott 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1952–07–29 Colorado

2.5 !G/F 7001350000000000000♠35 USA ! Williams, Sly 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1958–01–26 Rhode Island

Head coach

K.C. Jones (San Francisco)

Assistant coach(es)

Ed Badger (Iowa)

Chris Ford (Villanova)

Jimmy Rodgers (Ohio State)

Legend

(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended Injured

Houston Rockets[edit]

1986 Houston Rockets Finals roster

Players Coaches

Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From

2.0 !SG 7000300000000000000♠3 USA ! Ehlo, Craig 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1961–08–11 Washington State

2.0 !SG 7001200000000000000♠20 USA ! Harris, Steve 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1963–10–15 Tulsa

1.0 !PG 7001300000000000000♠30 USA ! Leavell, Allen 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1957–05–27 Oklahoma City

2.5 !G/F 7001320000000000000♠32 USA ! Lloyd, Lewis 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1959–02–22 Drake

1.0 !PG 7000500000000000000♠5 USA ! Lucas II, John 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1953–10–31 Maryland

3.0 !SF 7001220000000000000♠22 USA ! McCray, Rodney 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1961–08–29 Louisville

5.5 !F/C 7000800000000000000♠8 USA ! McDowell, Hank 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1959–11–13 Memphis

6.0 !C 7001340000000000000♠34 NGA ! Olajuwon, Akeem 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1963–01–21 Houston

5.5 !F/C 7001430000000000000♠43 USA ! Petersen, Jim 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1962–02–22 Minnesota

2.5 !G/F 7001330000000000000♠33 USA ! Reid, Robert 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1955–08–30 Virginia

5.5 !F/C 7001500000000000000♠50 USA ! Sampson, Ralph 7000223520000000000♠7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1960–07–07 Washington State

6.0 !C 7001310000000000000♠31 USA ! Waiters, Granville 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1961–01–08 Ohio State

2.0 !SG 7001150000000000000♠15 USA ! Wiggins, Mitchell 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1959–09–28 Florida State

Head coach

Bill Fitch (Coe)

Assistant coach(es)

Carroll Dawson (Baylor)

Rudy Tomjanovich (Michigan)

Legend

(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended Injured

See also[edit]

1986 NBA Playoffs

References[edit]

^ "NBA Power Rankings: The 1986 Celtics, 1996 Bulls and the 10 Best NBA Teams Ever". Bleacher Report. 2011-03-10. Retrieved 2012-08-08.  ^ a b c "Michael Jordan had record 63 points in playoff game 25 years ago – Alex Wolff – SI.com". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

External links[edit]

NBA History 1986 NBA Finals at Basketball Reference

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00 Parish 3 Johnson 5 Walton 8 Wedman 11 Vincent 12 Sichting 32 McHale 33 Bird (Finals MVP) 34 Carlisle 44 Ainge 45 Thirdkill 50 Kite

Head coach Jones

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1981 1986 1994 1995

Administration

Owner Tilman Fertitta General Manager Daryl Morey Head Coach Mike D'Antoni

Retired numbers

11 22 23 24 34 45 CD

Most Valuable Players

Moses Malone Hakeem Olajuwon

Hall of Famers

Charles Barkley Rick Barry Clyde Drexler Elvin Hayes Moses Malone Tracy McGrady Calvin Murphy Dikembe Mutombo Hakeem Olajuwon Scottie Pippen Ralph Sampson Yao Ming

G League affiliate

Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Rivals

San Antonio Spurs Dallas Mavericks Utah Jazz

Media

TV AT&T SportsNet Southwest Radio Sportstalk 790 Announcers Bill Worrell Clyde Drexler Matt Bullard Craig Ackerman

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1985–86 NBA season

1985 NBA draft All-Star Game Playoffs Finals Transactions

Eastern

Atlantic

Boston New Jersey New York Philadelphia Washington

Central

Atlanta Chicago Cleveland Detroit Indiana Milwaukee

Western

Midwest

Dallas Denver Houston Sacramento San Antonio Utah

Pacific

Golden State L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers Phoenix Portland Seattle

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NBA on CBS

Related programs

The CBS Late Movie College Basketball on CBS

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Ratings

NBA Finals

Commentators

All-Star Game NBA Finals

Key figures

Gary Bender Tim Brant Bob Costas Don Criqui Eddie Doucette Frank Glieber Greg Gumbel Jim Kelly Verne Lundquist Brent Musburger Andy Musser Jim Nantz Don Robertson Dick Stockton Pat Summerall

Color commentators

John Andariese Rick Barry Hubie Brown Elgin Baylor James Brown Quinn Buckner Doug Collins Billy Cunningham Terry Dischinger Len Elmore Keith Erickson John Havlicek Tom Heinsohn Rod Hundley Gus Johnson Steve Jones Sonny Jurgensen Stu Lantz Kevin Loughery Pete Maravich Jon McGlocklin Dick Motta Jeff Mullins Billy Packer Bill Raftery Cal Ramsey Oscar Robertson Mendy Rudolph Bill Russell Cazzie Russell Larry Steele Lenny Wilkens

Sideline reporters

Charlsie Cantey Jane Chastain Irv Cross Jim Gray Sonny Hill Andrea Joyce Pat O'Brien Lesley Visser

NBA Finals

1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

All-Star Game

1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

Lore

Music "The Bad Boys" Christmas Day "The Greatest Game Ever Played" "The Shot"

Rivalries

Celtics–Lakers Lakers–Pistons

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NBA on ABC

Related programs

NBA Countdown NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad NBA Inside Stuff NBA Saturday Primetime NBA Sunday Showcase

NBA on ESPN

Radio NBA Wednesday NBA Friday WNBA on ESPN

NBA Drafts

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Non-NBA programs

ESPN College Basketball on ABC Olympics on ABC

Related articles

Ratings (NBA Finals) Game history

Key figures

All-Star Game ESPN NBA Finals WNBA Finals

Play-by-play

Mike Breen Jim Durham Bill Flemming Chet Forte Jim Gordon Curt Gowdy Chuck Howard Keith Jackson Mark Jones Jim McKay Al Michaels Brent Musburger Brad Nessler Dave Pasch John Saunders Chris Schenkel

Color commentators

Greg Anthony Hubie Brown Bob Cousy Sean Elliott Len Elmore Tim Legler Mark Jackson Steve Jones Johnny Kerr Dan Majerle Jack Ramsay Doc Rivers Bill Russell Tom Tolbert Jack Twyman Jeff Van Gundy Bill Walton Jerry West

Sideline reporters

David Aldridge Doris Burke Howard Cosell Heather Cox Dave Diles Israel Gutierrez Mark Jones Sal Masekela Tom Rinaldi Craig Sager Lisa Salters Michele Tafoya Bob Wolff

Studio hosts

Michelle Beadle Dan Patrick Stuart Scott Sage Steele Hannah Storm Mike Tirico Michael Wilbon

Studio analysts

Jon Barry Chauncey Billups Chris Broussard Doug Collins Steve Javie Avery Johnson Magic Johnson George Karl Scottie Pippen Jalen Rose Byron Scott Bill Simmons

ABC Radio announcers

Marv Albert Dave Barnett Chick Hearn Rod Hundley Steve Jones Fred Manfra Earl Monroe Johnny Most Oscar Robertson Dick Vitale

NBA Finals

1965 (Games 1, 5) 1966 (Games 1, 5) 1967 (Games 2, 5) 1968 (Games 1, 4) 1969 (Games 3, 5-7) 1970 1971 1972 1973 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

ABC Radio's coverage

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

WNBA Finals

2003 (Game 2 on ABC) 2004 2005 (Game 3 on ABC) 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 (Game 1 on ABC) 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Game 1 on ABC) 2015 (Game 1 on ABC) 2016 (Game 1 on ABC) 2017 (Game 1 on ABC)

All-Star Game

1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973

ABC Radio's coverage

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

Lore

Music "I think we see Willis coming out!" "The Block" Christmas Day

Rivalries

Bryant–O'Neal Lakers–Pistons Celtics–Lakers Cavaliers–Warriors

ESPN lore

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