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  • 1913 - Hall of Fame referee Dallas Shirley, who officiated more than 2,000 basketball games in his 33-year career, is born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 - Nine-time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson is born in Hampton, Virginia.
  • 1978 - The Washington Bullets defeat the Seattle SuperSonics, 105-99, in Game 7 to win the NBA Championship. During this series, Washington coach Dick Motta famously proclaimed, "The opera isn’t over until the fat lady sings." It remains the only championship in Washington Wizards franchise history.
  • 1990 - Terry Porter of the Portland Trail Blazers makes all 15 of his free throw attempts in Portland's 106-105 overtime win over Detroit in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Porter’s perfect performance sets an NBA Finals record for most free throws made without a miss.
  • 1993 - New Jersey Nets guard Dražen Petrović (shown at right in a Croatian commemorative stamp) is killed in an automobile accident in Germany. Petrović was a 1993 All-NBA Third Team selection and a member of the Croatian team that won a silver medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
  • 1995 - Kenny Smith of the Houston Rockets sets an NBA Finals record for most three-point field goals made in a game (7) and quarter (5), as Houston overcomes a 20-point first-half deficit and defeats host Orlando, 120-118, in overtime in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
  • 1998 - The Chicago Bulls defeat the Utah Jazz, 96-54, in the most lopsided game in NBA Finals history. The 54 points racked up by the Jazz is also an NBA record for fewest points in a game since the inception of the 24-second shot clock.
  • 1998 - The United States comes back from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Russia, 71-65, and win the gold medal at the FIBA World Championship for Women. Lisa Leslie leads the U.S. with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
  • 2000 - Cleveland Rockers forward Eva Nemcova ends her record-streak of 66 consecutive free throws made with a miss against Orlando. Nemcova did not miss from the foul line from June 14, 1999 to June 5, 2000.

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