#11. "Tragic Johnson"

Goat: Magic Johnson
Game: 1984 NBA Finals
Date: 5/27-6/12/1984

By 1984, Magic Johnson wasn't new to this anymore. He was already a Finals MVP and playing in his third consecutive Finals. His first matchup with Larry Bird should've brought out the best, but instead of another trophy, he just got a new nickname. Why? He inexplicably dribbled out the clock when Game 2 was tied and the Lakers lost in overtime. He committed a costly turnover that sent Game 4 to overtime and missed two free throws that would've tied the score. Somehow, the Lakers still made it to Game 7...where Johnson lost the ball with just under a minute remaining and sealed a title for the Celtics.

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