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.
|GameTime: 3D What Did You See?|
Dennis Scott discusses what he's noticed so far in the NBA Preseason.
|GameTime: News & Notes From Around the League|
The GameTime crew discusses News & Notes from around the Association.
|Jazz vs. Suns|
Alex Len scores 21 points as the Suns defeat the Jazz 101-85.
|The Fast Break: Oct. 9|
Take a quick tour around Friday night's action with The Fast Break.
|Top 5: Oct. 9|
Check out the top 5 plays from Friday's preseason action.