Lakers late rally beat the Blazers in GM7 of the 2000 playoffs
The Blazers almost ended Shaq’s MVP season and prevented a future 3-peat from happening on this day, June 4th of 2000.
It was Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals and the Portland Trailblazers had a 75-58 lead on the Lakers early in the 4th quarter. Then the Blazers collapsed as the Lakers scored 15 in a row during a 31-11 run in the last 11 minutes and ended up winning by four.
Most LA fans who watched the game will tell you that it was the play of Kobe, Shaq, Brian Shaw, Ron Harper and Big Shot Rob that’s responsible for the comeback but many Portland fans will tell you it was Dick Bavetta and David Stern. Yes, Sabonis and Scottie Pippen both fouled out in the 4th on some very questionable calls and the Lakers did shoot 37 free throws compared to the Blazers’ 16, but I’m not buying that conspiracy and neither should you.
The only thing you need to remember about this game was this play and the fact that the Lakers would go on to win three straight titles.
“This is what makes champions,”‘ Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. “We watched Game 7s growing up all the time, and to finally play in one is a real thrill.”
“Game 7s are very interesting, but I’ve never seen any quite like that one before,” said Phil Jackson.