At this point, Magic Johnson’s performance in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals is the performance of legends.
With 42 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists, led the Los Angeles Lakers to a shocking Game 6 victory on the road over the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson’s effort helped the Lakers to their first NBA championship under the ownership of the late, great Dr. Jerry Buss.
With regular season MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leading the way, the Lakers chances at winning the championship were great. But Kareem severely injured his ankle in Game 5 and though he returned and led the Lakers to a win and a 3-2 lead he would need to sit out Game 6 in Philadelphia.