26. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs. Denver Nuggets, Game 3 first round, April 15, 1979.

The setting: The final game of the first-round series saw the Lakers trailing by a point when <a href="http://projects.latimes.com/lakers/player/kareem-abdul-jabbar/">Abdul-Jabbar</a> made a 10-foot sky hook with 12 seconds left at Denver.<br>
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The significance: After <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT007333" title="David Thompson" href="/topic/sports/david-thompson-PESPT007333.topic">David Thompson</a> missed a shot at the other end, the Lakers had a 112-111 victory and a second-round date with Seattle. Abdul-Jabbar scored 29 points on 13-for-19 shooting, and added 16 rebounds, eight steals and six blocks. “God, he was sensational,” Lakers Coach <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT007815" title="Jerry West" href="/topic/sports/basketball/jerry-west-PESPT007815.topic">Jerry West</a> said of Abdul-Jabbar.

( Jose Galvez / Los Angeles Times )

The setting: The final game of the first-round series saw the Lakers trailing by a point when Abdul-Jabbar made a 10-foot sky hook with 12 seconds left at Denver.

The significance: After David Thompson missed a shot at the other end, the Lakers had a 112-111 victory and a second-round date with Seattle. Abdul-Jabbar scored 29 points on 13-for-19 shooting, and added 16 rebounds, eight steals and six blocks. “God, he was sensational,” Lakers Coach Jerry West said of Abdul-Jabbar.

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