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Teams: Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers
Result: 4-3 Lakers
Notable Stars Involved: Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley, Isiah Thomas, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy
Top-100 Individual Performances: James Worthy in Game 7 (No. 8), Isiah Thomas in Game 6 (No. 7)
It was the up-and-coming Detroit Pistons against the evil empire of the Los Angeles Lakers in these 1988 NBA Finals.
The series was entertaining enough during the first five games, but Games 6 and 7 just took it to a whole different level.
First, in the penultimate game of the series, the Pistons' Isiah Thomas would drop 43 points, three rebounds, eight assists, six steals and a block in the loss. However, his line comes nowhere close to telling the whole story.
It was the third quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers were running away with this game, much to the chagrin of Zeke. So, he took over and scored 14 points in a row before rolling his right ankle on a pass to Joe Dumars.
Despite collapsing to the ground, Thomas stayed in the game while limping and continued his scoring binge to finish with 11 of his team's final 15 points in the third quarter, enough to complete his NBA-record 25-point quarter.
In the ensuing Game 7, James Worthy almost matched the performance of Thomas. As you can see up above, Worthy's Game 7 falls one spot shy of Thomas' Game 6 in the rankings.
Worthy put up 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to record the one and only triple-double of his career while helping ensure the Lakers of back-to-back championships.