BOSTON - JUNE 12: Larry Bird #33 of the Boston Celtics goes up for a shot against Kareem Abdul Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Seven of the 1984 NBA Finals played on June 12 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 111-102 and won the series 4-3 to capture the 1984 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1984 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1960 World Series: Pirates 10, Yankees 9
The famous Bill Mazeroski walk-off. Down 7-4 going into the bottom of the eighth, Pittsburgh scored five times to take a 9-7 lead. The Yankees then tied it in the top of the ninth. Mazeroski was the first batter up against Ralph Terry in the bottom of the ninth, cracking a 1-0 pitch over the left-field wall to win the series. The Pirates were actually outscored in the series by a mammoth 55-27 margin.
1957 NBA Finals: Celtics 125, Hawks 123 (2OT)
Bill Russell netted 19 points and grabbed 32 rebounds and Tommy Heinsohn added 37 points and 23 rebounds in what we can only assume was an absolute thriller. The Celtics, seen here in a team photo, held off the Hawks for their first title in what would be a run of 11 titles in 13 years.
1984 NBA Finals: Celtics 111, Lakers 102
When Larry Bird and Magic Johnson met for the first time in the NBA Finals, the series went the distance. The deciding game stayed tight until there was close to a minute left. Boston's Cedric Maxwell had a big game, totaling 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the deciding win.
1991 World Series: Twins 1, Braves 0 (10 innings)
The 1991 Series was decided in the first Game 7 ever to go into extra innings scoreless. In the bottom of the 10th, the Twins loaded the bases after getting a runner to third with one out as the Braves decided to intentionally walk Kirby Puckett (pictured) and Kent Hrbek. Pinch hitter Gene Larkin's base hit then won the game and Series. Minnesota's Jack Morris went all the way, giving up seven hits over 10 innings.
2001 World Series: Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2
Mariano Rivera is as close to automatic as a closer gets, but even Rivera couldn't stop Arizona in Game 7. In the bottom of the ninth, trying to protect a one-run lead, he helped undo himself with a poor throw on a bunt. He then yielded a double to Tony Womack that tied the game before Luis Gonzalez's bases-loaded, bloop single won it for Arizona, which won the Series in just its fourth season. Randy Johnson (left) and Curt Schilling (right) won all four games they started and combined for a 1.40 ERA.
1950 Stanley Cup Finals: Red Wings 4, Rangers 3 (2OT)
The only thing better than overtime Game 7 hockey is double overtime Game 7 hockey. The Red Wings and Rangers played this doozy way back in 1950. Pete Babando (pictured, left) got the winner in the second extra session for the Wings.
1954 Stanley Cup Finals: Red Wings 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)
Tony Leswick punched in the winner less than five minutes into overtime to knock off defending champion Montreal. The goal was a bit of a fluke, deflecting off a Canadiens defenseman's glove and into the net. The teams, pictured here in a 1955 contest, did not go through the traditional handshake line afterward, as the stunned Canadiens refused.
1997 World Series: Marlins 3, Indians 2 (11 innings)
The Marlins, in just their fifth year of existence, scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings, then Edgar Renteria's single brought in Craig Counsell with the game-winner with two outs in the bottom of the 11th. Unfortunately, the champion Marlins soon would be broken apart by trades and free agency.
1994 Stanley Cup Finals: Rangers 3, Canucks 2
This was the game that finally put to rest the taunting chant of "1940" for the Rangers' last championship. Captain Mark Messier (pictured) scored what turned out to be the game-winner in the second period, as New York held off Vancouver and preserved the victory.
1988 NBA Finals: Lakers 108, Pistons 105
Showtime got the better of their rivals. The Lakers had been 0-5 in Game 7s since moving to Los Angeles prior to this. James Worthy had 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the clincher. Detroit's Isiah Thomas, bothered by an ankle injury, played little in the second half.
1971 Stanley Cup Finals: Canadiens 3, Blackhawks 2
The Blackhawks led 2-0 late in the second period before Jacques Lemaire somehow netted a slap shot from center ice past Chicago goalie Tony Esposito. The goal changed the momentum entirely. The Canadiens scored shortly thereafter to tie then scored the winner early in the third.
1955 World Series: Dodgers 2, Yankees 0
Jackie Robinson (No. 19), Pee Wee Reese (center) and the Dodgers won the title in a tense pitcher's duel. Yogi Berra nearly tied the game in the sixth inning, but left fielder Sandy Amoros turned a dangerous fly ball into a catch and a double play. Johnny Podres was named MVP — the first in World Series history.
2009 Stanley Cup Finals: Penguins 2, Red Wings 1
The Penguins became the first road team to win a Game 7 in a major sport since the Pirates over the Orioles in 1979. Pittsburgh's victory was preserved on a diving save by goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the final seconds. The Penguins had to win mostly without star Sidney Crosby, who suffered a knee injury and played little in the last period.
1994 NBA Finals: Rockets 90, Knicks 84
Hakeem Olajuwon led Houston to an NBA title in a grueling series. Game 7 was most notable for the poor shooting of Knicks guard John Starks (No. 3), who went 2 for 18 (including 0 for 11 frpom 3-point range). New York coach Pat Riley was criticized for not replacing Starks as the misses mounted.
How epic will it be?
We'll be expecting fireworks Thursday night when Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs go up against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. But will the action live up to this list of epic Game 7s?