Best games to watch on the Youtube during NBA hiatus
NBA is put on hold due to the pending Coronavirus pandemic. For fans eager to watch some sort of basketball, here is a list you can refer to!
It has been a good 2 weeks since the NBA season had been suspended. Fans like myself have gone through basketball withdrawal as we wait for the NBA season to resume. So in order to fill time, NBA readers have come to the right place, as here are a list of the best games to watch during the hiatus!
1. Kobe's 81 Point Game - Youtube.com - January, 22nd, 2006
The first game fans should get a taste of his Kobe Bryant's 81 point game. This came during the 2005-2006 season in which the Los Angeles Lakers were headed by Phil Jackson, and won 45 games that year. This was one of the remarkable games because of the milestone Bryant accomplished placing him second on the all-time in game scoring list after Wilt Chamberlain.
2. Lebron James First NBA Game - Youtube.com - October, 29th, 2003
Lebron James first NBA game came against the Sacramento Kings on ESPN in the 2003-2004 season. In his debut he scored 25 points, which came with some athletic dunks. The Kings ended up beating Lebron's team the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-92, but this was James's night of fame.
3. Bulls versus Lakers - Youtube - February 1st, 1998
Before the Kobe Bryant, there was Michael Jordan. In a battle of the best Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen squared off against Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. The better duo that night was O'Neal and Bryant who had much more balanced scoring than Pippen and Jordan who had accumulated the same number of points but it was Jordan doing most of the damage that night! The score was lopsided with the Lakers winning 112-87.
4. Celtics @ 76ers - Youtube.com - January, 13th, 2006
Before the Boston Celtics were a threat in the Eastern Conference in 07-08, they had to battle through tough seasons. During this battle, they encountered the Philadelphia 76ers who were equipped with Chris Webber, Allen Iverson and Andre Iguodala. The game was thriller going to three overtimes before the 76ers prevailed 125-124!
5. Heat versus Blazers - Youtube.com - January 9th, 2011
Fans might have forgot that Lebron James used to be on the Miami Heat back in the 2010-2011 season for a brief stint, and Lemarcus Aldridge used to be on the Portland Trail Blazers. During this game Lebron James and his buddy Dwayne Wade combined for 78 points. Lemarcus Aldridge and Nicholas Batum were the heroes for the Blazers that night having 31 points and 22 points respectively. The forced overtime, but the Heat were too strong and beat them 107-100.
6. Kings versus Thunder - Youtube.com, February 9th, 2012
Although the Sacramento Kings were the the bottom of the Western Conference this last decade, there were some wins that were exciting for Kings fans during this time, including ones in front of a national audience involving the Oklahoma City Thunder with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook. The Kings at the time had a trio of Marcus Thornton, Demarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans. The Kings ended up prevailing in a 106-101 win!
7. Lakers @ Celtics - Youtube.com - June 5th, 2008
After the Celtics dreadful two seasons, they went out to get Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in hopes of building a championship contender. During the 07-08 season they went 66-16. They won each of the series, but now came down to the last one against the Lakers. In Game 1 they prevailed 98-88!
8. Warriors vs Cavaliers - Youtube.com - June 4th,2017
The Golden State Warriors were on their way to their second championship in three seasons but had to get through the Cleveland Cavaliers once again. This time was it enough? The Warriors ended up winning this game in a blowout, but could they close out the season?
9. Lakers versus Spurs - Youtube.com - January 9th, 2013
Before going on to win their last championship in the 2013-14 season, the San Antonio big three with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli squared off against the Kobe Bryant who tried to make his last playoff appearance in the 2012-13 season. The Spurs won 108-105!
10. Bucks versus Bulls - Youtube.com - December 16, 2016
The Bucks before becoming the best in the East, had a young Giannias Antentokounmpo. In this game, he got to compete against the Chicago Bulls two stars in Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade. Luckily the Greak Freak did not have trouble as he easily blew them out.
It will likely be three months till the NBA officially comes back but in the meantime fans can also watch Free NBA League Pass and look for games on the official NBA Youtube channel as well!