NBA Top Moments: 1990s
NBA.com takes a look back at the top moments that define the history of the NBA.
The Jordan Years (1990s)
In Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals against the Lakers, Michael Jordan made a spectacular move that seemed even more unbelievable every time it was replayed.
After retiring because of contracting the HIV virus in November, 1991, Magic Johnson was voted a starter for the All-Star Game and then won MVP honors.
They said three-point shooting wasn’t his forte, but Michael Jordan was unstoppable from distance in Game 1 of the ’92 Finals vs. Portland, burying six first-half treys capped off with a famous shrug of the shoulders.
Many consider it the greatest team ever assembled — the original Dream Team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Steady, dependable guard John Paxson hit a three-pointer with 3.9 seconds left to give Chicago its third straight NBA title.
Nobody gave the 42-40 Nuggets a chance against the 64-18 Sonics, but Dikembe Mutombo and his teammates staged the biggest upset in NBA playoff history.
Reggie Miller was “in the zone” in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Knicks, scoring 39 points, including 25 in the fourth quarter.
With a pass to Karl Malone on February 1, 1995, John Stockton moved past Magic Johnson as the NBA’s all-time leader in assists with 9,922.
Five games into his comeback, Michael Jordan shook off the rust and showed he still had big-time game by exploding for 55 points against the Knicks.
The Bulls’ 72-10 record during the 1995-96 regular season was the best in NBA history, and Chicago made its claim as one of the best sports teams ever.
Rex Chapman, Eddie Johnson and John Stockton each injected life into the Western Conference Playoffs with dramatic buzzer-beating shots.
The heroics came from the expected (Michael Jordan, John Stockton) and the unexpected (Steve Kerr) in a classic NBA Finals that featured several memorable moments.
Reggie Miller enhances his reputation as one of the game’s top clutch players with last-second heroics against New York and Chicago.
With Chicago trailing by three points, Michael Jordan scored on a drive, stripped the ball from Karl Malone, and then — with 5.2 seconds left — buried the game-winning shot.