16. Buck Williams at Golden State Warriors, Feb. 1, 1987
On the first night of February 1987, they could have played all night at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena. And the New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors nearly did.
Entering the 1986-87 season, the Nets had made the playoffs five straight years, while the Warriors had missed the postseason nine consecutive times.
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Their fortunes were definitely reversing, as the Nets came into the game with an 11-32 record, while the playoff-bound Warriors were 24-22.
For New Jersey, the game in Oakland was the fourth in a five-game West Coast swing and they have played two nights earlier at Portland. The Warriors coming off a home win against Seattle before hosting the Nets with a day’s rest.
The game was close throughout. New Jersey led by four at the end of the first. Golden State came back to grab a one-point halftime lead before the Nets entered the fourth quarter with an 83-78 edge. The Warriors tied the game late and off to overtime they went.
And went. And went. And went.
Before it was over, the game would go four overtimes before Golden State escaped with a wild 150-147 win.
Buck Williams set a Nets NBA record in the game, playing 60 minutes while finishing with 18 points and 27 rebounds in the loss.
How long did the game go? Albert King logged 42 minutes for New Jersey … off the bench.
But no Net before or since did the work of Williams — a full hour of NBA basketball in a single night.
The irony is that Williams averaged 36.3 minute per game that season — his lowest total since his rookie year in 1981-82, while putting up 18.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.1 blocks per game on .557/0-for-1/.731.