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1981 (NBA): As 3-point road favorites, the Boston Celtics defeat the Houston Rockets 102-91 in Game 6 of the Finals to win their 14th NBA Championship. Entering Game 1 the Celtics were -260 favorites to win the title as Larry Bird led the way for Boston in Game 6 with 27 points. Cedric Maxwell took home Finals MVP honors averaging 17.7 points and 9.5 rebounds.

1995 (NHL): The last official sporting event is held at the famed Boston Garden when the New Jersey Devils defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to win the series 4-1. The Bruins were -160 favorites for the game and -150 for the series as the Devils would go on to reach the Stanley Cup Finals but get swept by the Detroit Red Wings. The Garden would sit vacant three years before it was demolished in 1998.

1996 (MLB): 31 year-old Dwight "Doc" Gooden becomes the 8th New York Yankee to throw a no-hitter, defeating the Seattle Mariners 2-0. The Yankees were -150 home favorites as Gooden was nearly released in April after a poor start to the season. He had missed the entire 1995 season due to suspension for cocaine use and signed as a free agent after playing 11 years for the cross-town Mets. He finished the season 11-7 but was left off the postseason roster due to injury and fatigue.

2015 (NBA): With an opportunity to close out their Conference Semifinals series, the Los Angeles Clippers blow a 19-point lead in the second half and lose to the Houston Rockets 119-107 in Game 6. The Rockets were 8½-point road underdogs as Corey Brewer and Josh Smith combined to score 29 of the Rockets 40 points in the 4th quarter. Houston would go on to win Game 7 and come back from a 3-1 series deficit.

2018: The United States Supreme Court strikes down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, opening a path for states to authorize and regulate sports betting.