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NBA: Top 10 Clutch Defensive Plays Of All Time

Gautam Varier
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#9 Gerald Henderson picks off James Worthy


The Lakers should have won the 1984 NBA Finals but they seemed content to collapse late in games and hand the title to the Celtics. Having won Game 1 in Boston, they had all the momentum and led late in Game 2. A win would have all but guaranteed the title for LA, with 3 home games left, but they messed up real bad.

The Lakers were up 113-111 with 18 seconds left but a floated pass from James Worthy was picked off by Henderson and he had an easy layup at the rim and tied it up. Magic Johnson then inexplicably let the clock run out without getting a shot up on the next play. The Celtics would go on to win it in OT. The Lakers would make more late-game blunders (which will pop up higher up on this list) and lose the series in 7 games.

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