Over and Back: Larry Bird’s last legendary game

Ben Taylor (Backpicks.com and Nylon Calculus) joins Jason Mann to chat about Larry Bird’s last great NBA performance, a 49-point triple-double in a 152-148 double OT win over Clyde Drexler and the Blazers, on the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.

We discuss a thrilling game with two buzzer-beaters from Bird and Kevin Gamble, how rare it is for two teams to score more than 148 points in the same game, time catching up to the Bird-McHale-Parish Celtics after so many great years, how the early 1990s Drexler-Porter-Kersey Blazers are a bit underappreciated despite two Finals appearances and a pleasing style, Bird managing to remain great into the 1990s even with major back trouble, and how both teams enjoyed the running game. We also share some thoughts on Clifford Robinson, Danny Ainge, Reggie Lewis, and a young Rick Fox.

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We also discuss Ben’s recent Top 40 Best Careers in NBA History series: ranking Kobe Bryant outside the top 10, LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller and Patrick Ewing being better than perhaps you remember, the great Chris Paul ranking controversy, what truly makes a great passer, and some of his other upcoming projects.

Check out Ben’s new Patreon and his book Thinking Basketball.


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