Celebrate Larry Bird’s birthday with one of the greatest plays in NBA history

Larry Legend is one of the greatest players in Boston Celtics history, and as we celebrate his 58th birthday, let’s take a look back at one of the best plays ever.

In Game 5 of the 1987 Finals with the Celtics down one to the Detroit Pistons, Bird takes the ball baseline and gets blocked at the rim before it careens out of bounds off a Boston teammate.

With just five ticks left, Bird steals the inbounds pass from the Detroit’s Isiah Thomas, then finds a streaking Dennis Johnson for the game-winner.

The Celtics would overcome the Pistons in seven games before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals in six.

Check out the clip above.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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