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.
|Warriors vs. Thunder|
Marreese Speights scores 28 points off the bench, Klay Thompson adds 20 points as the Warriors hold on to defeat the Thunder.
Wesley Johnson takes the pass, gets fouled and finishes with a powerful slam.
|Block Leads to Slam|
Ed Davis blocks a shot off the backboard and Wayne Ellington finishes with a monster slam.
|Arena Link: Draymond Green|
Draymond Green joins Game Time following his 10 points and nine rebounds in the Warriors' win over the Thunder.
Wilson Chandler gets fouled and finishes with a powerful slam.