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3. Larry Bird's Steal

Date: 5/26/1987

With five seconds remaining in Game 5 of the '87 Eastern Conference Finals, the Pistons were an inbounds pass away from their third win of the series. Down by a point and seemingly lifeless, a spry Larry Bird cut Isiah Thomas' passing lane and stole the ball. With his momentum carrying the graceful Celtics forward out of bounds, Bird whipped the ball to a cutting Dennis Johnson who ended the game with a layup.

Afterwards, a thoughtful Isiah Thomas would say, ''Larry Bird is a very, very good basketball player. But if he was black he'd be just another guy.''

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