- 1986 NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffswas the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1985-86 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celticsdefeating the Western Conference champion Houston Rockets, four games to two, in the NBA Finals. The Celtics won their 16th NBA championship, their last until 2008. Larry Birdwas awarded his second NBA Finals MVPtrophy. The Rockets made the NBA Finals when Ralph Sampson made an off balance jumper at the buzzer against the Lakers at the Great Western Forum in G5 of the Western Finals.
This was the second NBA Finals meeting between the Celtics and Rockets; the teams also met in the 1981 series, with the same result. It was the third of four consecutive Eastern Conference championships for the Celtics, who won an impressive 67 games that year, and lost just one game in the regular season at home out of 41 played. The Rockets, meanwhile had won just their second conference title in franchise history.
Michael Jordanof the Chicago Bullsput on an ageless performance in game two of the Bulls' first-round series against the Celtics, scoring 63 points in an overtime loss, which still stands as the All-Time NBA Playoffs Record. Jordan averaged 43.7 points per game in the series, but was unable to prevent the Bulls from being swept by a more experienced, more talented Celtics team considered by many among the greatest of all-time. The Bulls set a dubious mark by posting the second worst record for a playoff-qualifying team in history, going just 30-52 during the season.
The 1986 playoffs marked the third time in four years that the
Milwaukee Bucksadvanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, but it would be their last appearance in the series until 2001.
* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/playoffs/NBA_1986.html Basketball-Reference.com's 1986 NBA Playoffs page]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXwuZUAZtL0&feature=PlayList&p=99A5889A72809DB4&index=0&playnext=1 Eastern Conf. First round Game 2 "Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls" on Youtube.com]
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