Get ready to relive a series of classic match-ups, astonishing scoring feats and frantic finishes with NBA Retro on Sky Sports.
9pm is the time and Sky Sports Arena (channel 408) is the place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday night, as we bring you a series of hardwood classics featuring a list of iconic players that includes Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan and more.
NBA Retro Games: Houston Rockets v Seattle Supersonics 1987
NBA Retro Games: Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers 1989
Up next? Pistons @ Lakers NBA Finals 1989 Game 4 (Sunday 9pm); Rockets @ Supersonics 1987 Western Conference semis Game 6 (Saturday 9pm)
NBA Retro continues with two classics 1980s games featuring Isiah Thomas, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Up first on Saturday night is a Game 6 double-overtime thriller between the Houston Rockets and Seattle Supersonics from the 1987 Western Conference semi-finals.
Watch Olajuwon at his dominant best as he puts up an astonishing 49 points and 25 rebounds for the Rockets. Tom Chambers (38 points) and (current Indiana Pacers coach) Nate McMillan (16 assists) lead the way for Seattle.
Then, on Sunday, dial back to 1989 to watch the Detroit Pistons take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
The Pistons travelled to The Forum with a 3-0 series lead against a Lakers team that had dominated the decade with five NBA titles. Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer and Dennis Rodman were ready to take the Lakers’ throne.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar entered the game knowing a Lakers defeat would spell the end of his glittering 20-year NBA career. Could the six-time MVP help stave off elimination or would the ‘Bad Boys’ seal their maiden NBA championship?
All NBA Retro games will be aired on Sky Sports Arena (Channel 408). Wednesday night games will be preceded by a brand new edition of Sky Sports Heatcheck with Ovie Soko, Mo Mooncey and Jaydee Dyer.
Schedule: NBA Retro on Sky Sports
Saturday May 23, 9pm: Houston Rockets @ Seattle Supersonics, 1987 Western Conference semi-finals Game 6
Relive an epic playoff scoring duel between Hakeem Olajuwon and Tom Chambers with a Finals place on the line.
Sunday May 24, 9pm: Detroit Pistons @ Los Angeles Lakers, 1989 NBA Finals Game 4
Chuck Daly’s Bad Boys finish off the Lakers dynasty and claim their maiden NBA championship.
Wednesday May 27, 9pm: Portland Trail Blazers @ Detroit Pistons, 1990 NBA Finals Game 2
Clyde Drexler shines in an overtime thriller against Isiah Thomas and the Bad Boys.
Saturday May 30, 9pm: Seattle Supersonics @ Phoenix Suns, 1993 Western Conference Finals Game 5
Watch Charles Barkley in his prime as he leads the Suns into battle against Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and the Sonics.
Sunday May 31, 9pm: Orlando Magic @ New Jersey Nets, November 20, 1993
Shaquille O’Neal produces one of the most monstrous triple-doubles in NBA history in just his second season in the league.
Wednesday June 3, 9pm: New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers, 1994 Eastern Conference Finals Game 6
Patrick Ewing and the Knicks travel to Indiana bidding to stave off playoff elimination.
Saturday June 6, 9pm: Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks, March 28, 1995
Wearing an unfamiliar No 45, Michael Jordan lights up Madison Square Garden in the famous ‘Double Nickel’ game.
Sunday June 7, 9pm: Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers, November 1, 1996
Relive Allen Iverson’s NBA debut as the Sixers host the Bucks in this season opener.
Wednesday June 10, 9pm: Portland Trail Blazers @ San Antonio Spurs, 1999 Western Conference Finals Game 2
Head coach Gregg Popovich finds an unlikely hero as the Spurs mount a fightback against the Blazers.
Saturday June 13, 9pm: Minnesota Timberwolves @ Atlanta Hawks, December 14, 1999
Dikembe Mutombo produces a career-best performance while Kevin Garnett records a quadruple-double in this epic regular season encounter.
Sunday June 14, 9pm: Phoenix Suns @ Toronto Raptors, February 27, 2000
At the height of Vinsanity, Vince Carter erupts for a 50-point game against the Suns.
Wednesday June 17, 9pm: Game TBC
Confirmation of this evening’s game will be available shortly.
Saturday June 20, 9pm: Washington Wizards @ New Jersey Nets, April 7, 2007
Nets All-Stars Jason Kidd and Vince Carter combine for an NBA landmark not reached since 1989.
Sunday June 21, 9pm: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics, 2008 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Game 7
LeBron James and Paul Pierce go basket-for-basket in a memorable series-deciding game.
Wednesday June 24, 9pm: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic, 2009 Eastern Conference Finals Game 6
Dwight Howard comes up huge against LeBron James in a critical Conference Finals clash.
Saturday June 27, 9pm: Indiana Pacers @ Golden State Warriors, December 5, 2016
Relive an astonishing shooting display as Klay Thompson lights up the Pacers with an NBA season-high and a career-best 60 points in just 29 minutes of play.