18. Michael Cooper vs. Boston Celtics, Game 2 NBA Finals, May 30, 1985.

The setting: As the shot clock was winding down, Cooper made an 18-footer to give the Lakers a 106-100 lead with 1:51 left at the Boston Garden. The significance: Cooper’s shot helped the Lakers secure a 109-102 victory and tie the series. The Lakers, coming off a seven-game defeat to Boston in the 1984 Finals, opened the ’85 series with a 148-114 loss that brought into question their ability to actually beat the Celtics on the biggest stage. They responded in Game 2 by taking an 18-point halftime lead. The Celtics rallied, but Cooper’s shot (his eighth basket in nine attempts) iced the game. The Lakers won the series in six games, ending decades of frustration to the Celtics.
Paul Morse / Los Angeles Times
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