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NBA Top Moments: 1990s

Take a look back at iconic moments in NBA history from the 1990s.

From NBA.com Staff

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> The Jordan Years (1990s)

1991: Michael’s Most Amazing Move?

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.

1992: Magic Stars in the Magic Kingdom

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.

1992: Jordan Blazes Away From Long Range

They said 3-point shooting wasn’t his forte, but Michael Jordan was unstoppable from distance in Game 1 of the 1992 Finals against Portland, burying six first-half treys and capped off with a famous shrug of the shoulders.

1992: The Original Dream Team

Many consider it the greatest team ever assembled — the original Dream Team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

1993: Paxson Nails the 3 for No. 3

Steady, dependable guard John Paxson hit a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left to give Chicago its third straight NBA title.

1994: Eighth-seeded Nuggets Upset Seattle

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.

1994: Miller Takes Manhattan

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.

1995: Stock Report — Jazz Guard Soars to Top of Assist Chart

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.

1995: Jordan Proves He’s Back; Drops 55 on Knicks

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.

1996: Bulls Set Record With 70th Win

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.

1997: Western Conference Buzzer-Beaters

Rex Chapman, Eddie Johnson and John Stockton each injected life into the Western Conference playoffs with dramatic buzzer-beating shots.

1997: Bulls, Jazz Stage Memorable Finals

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.

1998: Indiana’s Mr. Clutch

Reggie Miller enhances his reputation as one of the game’s top clutch players with last-second heroics against New York and Chicago.

1998: Jordan Jolts Jazz in Game 6

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.

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