Magic Johnson dished out an NBA Finals-record 21 assists against the Celtics on this date in 1984

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Magic Johnson put on a clinic, as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 137-104 home victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The victory gave the lakers a 2-1 series lead.

Johnson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with his 21 assists. Boston could not contain him and the “Showtime” Lakers ran wild.

The Lakers jumped out an early lead and never looked back, outscoring the Celtics 80-58 in the second half.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finished with 24 points for the Lakers and Bob McAdoo had 21 off the bench.

Larry Bird had 30 points for the Celtics in the loss.

Johnson’s 21 assists remains the most in an NBA Finals game.