The Limping Willis Reed

Willis Reed made two of the most exciting baskets in the history of the NBA.  Injured, he limped onto the court for game seven of the NBA championship series against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1970, somehow out-jumped Wilt Chamberlain, then hit the game’s first shot from the top of the key and connected on his second bucket from 20 feet out.  These were his only points of the game , but they were enough to inspire his New York Knick teammates who went on to defeat the Lakers, 113-99 for the NBA Championship.  Reed had scored 37, 29, 38 , and 23 points and averaged 15 rebounds in the first four games.  Reed was the heart and soul of the Knicks’ 1970 and 1973 championship teams.

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