Date: 6/19/1988

Complex Says: There's no question that Isiah, the player, was one of the best to ever do it. He was a leader whose 'tough as nails' approach garnered him respect and hatred, equally. In game 6 of the 1988 Finals versus the Lakers, Thomas sprained his ankle severely and still dropped 25 in the third quarter; a Finals record to this day. Going into the game, the Pistons had a 3-2 advantage on the Lakers but despite Zeke's valiant effort the Pistons came up short. The Lakers won 103-102, tying the series at 3-3. Thomas ended up with 43 points and 8 assists. The Pistons lost the series in 7, but returned to the finals the next two years, bringing the title back to the Motor City.