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Isiah Thomas 28pts 9ast – First NBA Finals Game in Michigan History (1988.06.12)

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June 12, 1988 – In the first NBA Finals game ever played in the state of Michigan (Pontiac Silverdome), Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas finished three rebounds and assist shy of a triple-double in a 99-86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of their 1988 championship series.

This contest was misidentified in the Bad Boys 30 for 30 documentary as being the game where Thomas was forearmed in the face by Lakers guard Magic Johnson. However, that play did not occur until Game 4 (the giveaways being that Thomas was hit during a night game and Kurt Rambis was on the floor — Rambis did not play in Game 3).

The Magic Johnson forearm from Game 4 can be seen here:

After falling behind 2-1 in the series following the loss, the Pistons went on to win two of the next three games to force a Game 7 in Los Angeles. The Lakers would ultimately prevail.

Thomas’ Game 3 performance was his second best showing of the series, behind a Game 6 outburst that saw him score 43 points on a severely sprained ankle.



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