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10 cult basketball games to watch anytime

Yugoslavia vs Lithuania – Eurobasket 1995, Final

To this day, this match remains one of the craziest we have had the opportunity to see. For its big comeback on the international scene after being banned from competition following the civil war, Yugoslavia (without Croatia, therefore) returned more revengeful than ever with an incredibly talented squad (Sasa Djordjevic, Predrag Danilovic, Vlade Divac, Zarko Paspalj, Zeljko Rebraca and even a very young Dejan Bodiroga).

In the final against the sumptuous Litany (Arvydas Sabonis, Sarunas Marciulionis, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Arturas Karnisovas…), the match very quickly went into a spin as the tension was palpable as the duel between Djordjevic and Marciulionis (Euro MVP ) reached heights rarely equaled.

Between incredible performances, scuffles, threats to leave the field and medal presentation under boos, this final is crazy, crazy, crazy! We won’t tell you more so as not to spoil the fun.

Bulls vs. Jazz – 1998 NBA Finals, Game 6

The last match of Michael Jordan’s career (if we voluntarily close our eyes to his express move to the Wizards a few years later) with the epic ending that we know!

If all MJ fans obviously have in mind the ultimate legendary action of this Game 6 of the 98 finals, it is above all the opportunity to see or re-watch a great battle between the Bulls at the top of their game and a team from Jazz worn by the legendary duo Stockton-Malone.

Syracuse vs Kansas – 2003 NCAA Tournament Final

Carmelo Anthony is clearly an exceptional player, but to be completely honest, the times he thrilled us the most were in the jersey of Team USA… or Syracuse! His one and only NCAA season had clearly placed him among the biggest prospects in the country and he was able to prove, game after game, that the hype was well deserved.

In the final against Kansas, he was able to confirm all the good people thought of him with disconcerting ease and confidence against a very good Jayhawks team (Kirk Hinrich, Nick Collison, Keith Langford…).

Miami vs. San Antonio – 2013 NBA Finals, Game 6

If you are a Spurs fan, go your way, it will be painful. Or you will realize even better that it is by learning the lessons of this terrible defeat that the Texans set out on a mission the following season, by offering a dream basketball until the quest for the title.

For others, it’s an opportunity to see the Miami of the Tres Amigos, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, draw on their resources and refuse defeat. And then, of course, there are these last moments of the 4th quarter and this shot that has become legendary by Ray Allen.

Duke vs. UNLV – 1991 NCAA Tournament, Final

Before he could finally launch his period of NCAA dominance, Duke had to cross paths with the UNLV Running Rebels. A sort of Fab 5 before the Fab 5, this fantastic squad, specialists in the science of trashtalking, inspired a whole generation. With Larry Johnson, Stacey “Plastic Man” Agmon, Anderson Hunt and Greg Anthony, the clash of cultures against the Duke of Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley.

Duke-Kentucky, Elite 8 NCAA Tournament 1992

One of the best games in NCAA Tournament history. Kentucky was coming out of two years of suspension and could finally do battle with rival Duke. Unfortunately for Jamal Mashburn’s Wildcats, this match will be that of Christian Laettner, author of a legendary performance (10/10 shooting, 10/10 on the line) and a buzzer shot for the win that has become cult.

It was this performance that helped convince Team USA management to make Laettner a member of the Dream Team.

Knicks vs. Pacers – 1994 Conference Finals, Game 5

Reggie Miller’s masterpiece and the beginning of his theatrical rivalry with Spike Lee. The Knicks host the Pacers for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 2-2 ball down the center. The match is obviously bitter and the words do not cease to fuse between the star of Indiana and the famous director.

The Pacers are led by 12 points in the 4th quarter. It’s the moment chosen by Miller to put on the Knicks Killer costume for the first time, with an incredible blow of heat and a mythical pass of arms with Lee.

Suns vs. Bulls, 1993 NBA Finals, Game 3

If the Bulls obviously won the title in the end, the Suns were valiant opponents in 1993. This victory in Chicago in triple overtime after a somewhat crazy match where Charles Barkley and Dan Majerle carried Phoenix and avoided the 0-3 is proof of that. The opportunity to see that Michael Jordan could sometimes tend to unpin a little (44 points in 43 shots).

Germany vs Spain – Eurobasket 2005, semi-final

We know there are Dirk Nowitzki fans around here. Seeing their idol bring down mighty Spain in 2005 in the Eurobasket final with a clutch performance (the game winner) and heroism (27 points) should do them a lot of good this weekend. And for French fans, seeing Spain lose in the last four of a major tournament obviously never hurts…

Marquette vs. Kentucky – 2003 NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight

It took a long time for Dwyane Wade to really break through and become a serious potential lottery pick. But after his historic performance against Kentucky during March Madness 2003, there was no longer any doubt. At the time, he became just the 5th player in history to achieve a triple-double during the NCAA tournament.

Bonus, HORS-CATEGORY: Dream Team vs. Dream Team, 1992

If you haven’t read Jack McCallum’s Dream Team book, that’s a mistake. If you did, you may remember the passage about the stay in Monte Carlo and THE match that all members of the group consider to be one of the most intense they have participated in.

It wasn’t during the Olympics or even a friendly match against another nation. Simply an opposition to training. Except that egos quickly came into play, with a struggle between a Magic eager to show that he still had some in the canes and a Michael Jordan at the top of his game.

There are only a few images available on this part, but they already show the somewhat particular flavor of this match.

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