Posted Mar 3 2013 8:41PM
With Game 6 of the NBA Finals on the line, everyone in the Delta Center -- Utah Jazz coaches and players included -- knew the ball would end up in his hands.
For the Chicago Bulls, too, it was another no-brainer. There was no play to call, no screens to set. It was simple: Get it to '23'. That Michael Jordan is the go-to guy in the last seconds of any close Bulls game is the worst secret in basketball -- and still it makes no difference.
Further, the Jazz learned in heartbreaking fashion that the more there is at stake, the more pressure-packed the moment, the more unstoppable Jordan becomes.
With Chicago trailing by three points in the final minute, Jordan first scored on a drive. Then he stripped the ball from Karl Malone at the defensive end. Finally, he buried the game-winning shot, a 20-footer with 5.2 seconds left, that gave the Bulls an 87-86 victory and their sixth championship in eight years.
|'97 Jazz Honored at Halftime|
John Stockton is among the members of the 1997 Utah Jazz honored at halftime as the organization celebrates the 20th anniversary of their NBA Finals run.
|Irving Scores 33|
Kyrie Irving scores 33 points as the Cavaliers fall to the Nuggets.
|Rose Finds Porzingis|
Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis team up in the paint for the alley-oop score.
|Cauley-Stein Two-Handed Slam|
Darren Collison passes to Willie Cauley-Stein for the two-handed slam.
|Gobert Does It All|
Rudy Gobert steals the inbounds pass and takes it the other way for the easy slam.