When Larry Bird’s putback lifted Celtics over Rockets in 1981 NBA Finals | ESPN Archives

On May 5, 1981, Larry Bird followed up his own missed shot in what legendary coach Red Auerbach described as the greatest play he’d ever seen, leading the Boston Celtics to a win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the 1981 NBA Finals.

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23 thoughts on “When Larry Bird’s putback lifted Celtics over Rockets in 1981 NBA Finals | ESPN Archives

  1. this nigga is nowhere near the talent of the league today😭dude said that was the best play he has ever seen

  2. Shout out to larry legend but i keep forgetting who was on that 81 finals rocket team the only one I can really remember is Moses malone I think

  3. Lebron would've passed it up.

    That's the difference between the top 10 GOATS and Lebron who is in the top 20.

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