Stephen: The best game 7’s of all time
With the NBA and NHL finals reaching their conclusions, Yardbarker has compiled a list of the 25 best Game 7s in sports history. Here are the top 10 (see full list at the link):
- 1991 World Series: Twins vs. Braves. Jack Morris pitched 10 shutout innings, silencing Atlanta and setting a standard by which all future Game 7 pitching performances would be judged.
- 2013 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs. The Bruins staged an unreal rally, scoring three goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation–including two in the final two, to shock the Leafs.
- 1992 NLCS: Braves vs. Pirates. In the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7, the Braves’ Francisco Cabrera cracked a two-run single that scored David Justice and Sid Bream.
- 2016 World Series: Cubs vs. Indians. Chicago took an 8-6 lead in the top of the 10th thanks to Miguel Montero. The Indians cut it to 8-7, but then their comeback magic ran out.
- 2016 NBA Finals: Cavaliers vs. Warriors. In the final minutes, Cavs star Kyrie Irving hit what would prove to be the game-winning three, and LeBron James made a free throw to extend the lead to four.
- 1997 World Series: Marlins vs. Indians. In the bottom half of the 11th inning, the Marlins got the win.
- 2001 World Series: Diamondbacks vs. Yankees. The Diamondbacks rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 9th off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to win their first world championship.
- 2019 NHL Western Conference first round: Sharks vs. Golden Knights. The Knights tied the game with 47 seconds left, but Barclay Goodrow sent the Sharks to the second round with a goal at 18:19 of the first overtime.
- 1971 World Series: Pirates vs. Orioles. Pittsburgh’s Steve Blass threw a complete game four-hitter to best Mike Cuellar and the Baltimore Orioles.
- 1988 NBA Finals: Lakers vs. Pistons. A controversial foul call on Bill Laimbeer turned things in Los Angeles’ favor for good, however, and James Worthy posted a triple-double in victory.