It was one of the greatest shootouts in the history of basketball. It was one of the fiercest competitions in all of sport. And it all played out hours and hundreds of miles apart. How? “Do Or Die” looks at the rivalry between George Gervin and David Thompson and the fateful day it reached a head.
“The 1977-78 NBA scoring title came down to the final day of the season,” the video explains. “Heading into their last games, San Antonio’s silky-smooth forward George Gervin was averaging 26.8 points per game. High-flying Denver showman David Thompson was at 26.6. Thompson had the greatest game of his career, shattering Wilt Chamberlain’s record for most points in a quarter. When Gervin took the court later in the day, he knew that he had to respond with a masterpiece of his own—or else risk losing the crown.”
You can see the whole film and learn more about the buildup to those final moments:
It was a tremendous moment in sport — and “Do Or Die” explores it beautifully. It was the closest point race in NBA history and it’s so important that someone took the time to do justice to these two sportsmen. So far, this rivalry remains unmatched.