(86) Ralph Sampson shocks the Lakers with a game-winning miracle shot

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| May 21st, 2015 | 2,946 Views

On this day in history, May 21st of 1986, Ralph Sampson hit one of the luckiest shots in NBA history.

The setting was Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Rockets.  The score was tied with one second left on the clock.  The Rockets inbounded the ball to the 7’4″ Ralph Sampson, who awkwardly caught, twisted and shot a hail mary shot at the buzzer to end the defending NBA champions run in the 86 playoffs.

Sampson finished with 29 points (10-15 fg) and 5 rebounds.  For the Lakers, Kareem had 26 points and 13 rebounds.




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