May 6, 1993

A season, and a glorious career, ended. Alonzo Mourning’s jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining lifted the Charlotte Hornets to a 104-103 win to clinch their best-of-five series with the Celtics, 3-1.

After the game, as was widely expected, Kevin McHale announced his retirement. Injuries had taken a toll on McHale after 13 NBA seasons, including three championships and seven All-Star appearances.

Reggie Lewis’ collapse in Game 1 of the Charlotte series, revealing the heart condition that took his life that summer, also sobered any thought that McHale might play on.

Robert Parish signed with Charlotte as a free agent that summer and spent two seasons as Mourning’s backup before retiring.

The Big 3, led by Larry Bird, was done.

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