HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — If you need to take a break from watching the Olympics, NBA TV has got your back.
As the U.S. Team is beating up on Tunisia and Nigeria, NBA TV will be televising a bunch of classic games, from the past and from this past season, this week. So set the TiVo or DVR or just watch to see some hoops at its best.
First on Monday, we’ve got four big scoring nights from the 80s, featuring God disguised as Michael Jordan. Then, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, it’s the top 10 games of the 2011-12 season, featuring Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Lin, Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, and Game 4 of The Finals.
Here’s the schedule…
Old School Monday (July 30)
3 p.m. ET – New Jersey Nets at New York Knicks – Dec. 25, 1984
Bernard King drops 60 on Christmas Day.
5 p.m. ET – Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons – March 3, 1985
Kevin McHale goes for 56 and 16 (only to be topped by Larry Bird – 60 points – nine days later).
7:30 p.m. ET – Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics – April 20, 1986
In Game 2 of the first round, Jordan scores a playoff-record 63 points against the eventual champs.
10 p.m. ET – Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors – May 10, 1987
In Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, Sleepy Floyd keeps the Warriors alive with 51 points and 10 assists against Magic Johnson and the Lakers.
Top 10 Games of the Year
10. Tuesday, 4 p.m. ET – Nuggets at Lakers – May 12
Game 7 of the first round is tied with less than seven minutes to go. Then Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum help the Lakers move on to the conference semis.
9. Tuesday, 5 p.m. ET – Heat at Pacers – May 20
With the Heat down 2-1 in the conference semifinals and Chris Bosh out with an abdominal injury, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combine for 70 points to take back control of the series.
8. Tuesday, 6 p.m. ET – Lakers at Clippers – April 4
All four games between these two teams were pretty intense. This one went down to the wire, with Bryant and Chris Paul trading clutch baskets.
7. Wednesday – 4 p.m. ET – Celtics at Heat – May 30
Rondo scores 44 points and Ray Allen hits a clutch three to send Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals into overtime. But the Heat outlast the Celtics in a thriller.
6. Wednesday – 5 p.m. ET – Clippers at Grizzlies – April 29
The Clippers come back from a 27-point deficit and outscore the Grizzlies 35-13 in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the first round.
5. Wednesday – 6 p.m. ET – Thunder at Heat – June 19
Russell Westbrook goes off for 43 points, but Miami outlasts OKC in one of four Finals games that came down to the final minutes.
4. Thursday – 4 p.m. ET – Bulls at Knicks – April 8
The Melo Game. The Knicks score the final 10 points of the fourth quarter and Carmelo Anthony hits three huge 3-pointers on his way to 43 points in a one-point, overtime victory.
3. Thursday – 5 p.m. ET – Timberwolves at Thunder – March 23
Love scores a career-high 51 points, but it’s not enough, as his USA teammates Kevin Durant and Westbrook combine for 85 in a double-OT thriller.
2. Thursday – 6 p.m. ET – Knicks at Celtics – March 4
Paul Pierce sends the game to overtime and Rondo puts 18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists on the Knicks in a big win for Boston.
1. Thursday – 7 p.m. ET – Lakers at Knicks – Feb. 10
At the peak of Linsanity, Lin scored 38 points against Kobe and the Lakers.