I could do anything I wanted to do - Larry Bird reflected on the best game of his career

  • 14.04.2023 18:56:41

For a legendary player like Larry Bird, it would be a herculean task to single out the most significant game he has ever played. Bird has starred in a wide array of historic NBA moments, but somehow, "The Hick from French Lick" managed to pick one game that always stands out.

As per Bird, it was Game 6 of the 1986 NBA Finals where he finished with a remarkable 29 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds and was hailed as the rightful MVP.

"I don't know if it was my best game, but the one I enjoyed the most was Game 6 of the 1986 NBA Finals. I had control of the game; I could do anything I wanted to do. It was a meaningful game," Bird told ESPN in 2015.

Larry was tested

Taking a quick trip down memory lane, it's easy to see why Game 6 of the '86 Finals was a truly memorable game for Bird. On top of his impeccable triple-double performance, Larry Legend also spearheaded the Boston Celtics to their 16th NBA championship by beating the Houston Rockets 114-97. According to Bird's recollection, that series was exhausting, but nevertheless, his winning mentality prevailed.

"I knew if we won, we'd win the championship. The series was tough. You lose a lot of sleep during that. You're tired. But that's one game I always felt that in a big situation like that, I always performed at a high level," the Hall of Famer added.

A great game should have it all

Bird's NBA career-high in scoring is 60 points, and it happened in 1985 when the Celtics humiliated the Atlanta Hawks on their home court. As magnificent as his performance was, Bird never listed that game as one of the best games of his career. Whenever people talk to him about it, Larry Legend always takes them back to the game earlier that season, where he almost pulled off a rare quadruple-double.

 As it turned out, an excellent game for Bird is a game where he could dominate on both ends of the floor and just in scoring.

"Sixty-points is a lot. Don't get me wrong. I made shots against the Hawks that game I can't recall making at any other time. It's not easy to do. But there was a game from a little earlier that season where I had a triple-double and a bunch of steals in around 30 minutes against the Jazz. That had it all. That was what I'd call a great game," Bird explained.

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