Great Games On NBA TV This Week

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.


  1. StillAKnicksFan says:

    Even though I am a Knick fan, I don’t think that the Lakers vs Knicks was the best game in the 2011-2012 season. I do believe that the Thunders and Lakers with the double overtime should be on that list or that 4 OT with the Jazz and Hawks. I was never a big fan of this stupid Linsanity because he was overrated and is a average player. Not a saint for the Knicks. But an amazing list of games!

  2. Peter says:

    How the hell is lebrons game 6 performance against the celtics not on this?

    • JoJo says:

      I’m a Celtics fan and I don’t like LeBron very much or the Miami Heat for that matter but I agree 100% about LeBron’s Game 6 performance. The way he dominated that game was absolutely incredible. Probably one of the top 25 playoff performances in league history and easily the best we saw in 2012.

  3. Berries says:

    waw Boston vs Miami is not even there

  4. c-webb 4 says:

    lakers vs okc in la was the best game.. 2 overtimes, a 17 point lead for okc in the 4th quarter.. to me was the best ,no brainer! xD

  5. no name says:

    havent the nba being showing all this games 24/7 nba hardwood games??

  6. Marc says:

    Will somebody please tell me why I’m watching a summer league game instead of old school Monday games?????????????

  7. BOSSDON says:

    I’m a celtics fan and i’m glad the celtics won that series.. BOSTON BABY!!

  8. Zach Gillette says:

    How are they playing full games in one hour?

  9. Orin says:

    @ Me (the poster)

    The fans are the ones who voted on the game. It was on the website for at least two weeks. You could have at least voted.

  10. clipper says:

    regular game..

  11. Fefe (Nets) says:

    I agree with 6 games being in this ranking.

    Where is the Hawks vs Jazz 4OT game (Atlanta 139 – 133 Utah)? Not even in the TOP 10???

    Only BIG MARKET TEAMS are in the TOP 10. It’s biased because it’s almost always certain that people will vote for teams in big markets, without watching the games themselves!!!

    Utah Jazz vs Atlanta Hawks is just one example of medium/small market teams being overlooked! It’s correlated, for me, with Al Jefferson and Josh Smith being overlooked by coaches for the All-Star game!

  12. me says:

    I can’t believe Knicks vs Lakers is no 1 smfh, when there’s that Heat vs Celtics game. I think you sir (the writer), are experiencing INsanity

    • You says:

      Hi me!

    • marlon green says:

      I definitely agree that the Lakers vs the Knicks was not the best game this year. But I am glad to see that they are showing all of these great games and allowing some of these young bucks to see some of the great old shcool legends play as well. I am also glad that NBA TV will be showing some 50 point games other than MJ. Sleepy Floyd’s 50 points vs the lakers was awesome!