Goat: Bill Russell
Game: Game 7, 1965 Eastern Conference Finals
Everyone with two ears and a passing interest in basketball remembers Johnny Most's legendary call of "Havlicek steals the ball!", but the preceding play is hardly ever mentioned. With the Celtics protecting a one point lead over rival Wilt Chamberlain and the 76ers, all Boston needed to do was inbound the ball and advance to another championship. But Russell's inbound pass bounced off the guide wire, giving Philly one more shot at the W. Of course, Hondo would save the day and Russell's mistake was largely forgotten. Until now.