Award-winning filmmaker Dan Klores didn’t let a lack of archived footage stop him from telling the story of 1978’s tight scoring race between George Gervin and David Thompson. As part of an ambitious 20-hour ESPN documentary, “Basketball: A Love Story”, the short uses interviews, sound bytes, and beautiful animation to transport you to the final days of the regular season, which included a 73-point game from Thompson and Gervin’s 63-point answer to clinch the title. (Sound familiar?)
The two Hall of Famers provide some excellent narration — “They didn’t pay me to guard nobody,” Gervin says at one point. “They paid guys to guard me.” — as do other familiar names like Doug Moe and Donnie Walsh that add additional context to the scoring race.
Watch it in its entirety here:
Props to everyone involved in the making of this.