McHale Jumper Caps Frantic Comeback

1981-82 Boston Celtics

The game hung, as had the game when last these two teams met on the Kemper Arena floor, on one shot, a shot from which there would be no rebound because there would be no time left.

"He makes it," said Kings' coach Cotton Fitzsimmons, "and it's overtime. He misses, and we walk off the floor having wiped out a multitude of sins."

One overtime later the sinners had to consider repentance. For Kevin McHale swished his wide-open foul-line jumper, and soon the Celtics, behind the heroic play of Gerald Henderson, would be 124-119, dream-spoiling, party- pooping overtime victors.

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