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The Best Finals Ever
Jack McCallum
June 10, 2013
In 1993, the Bulls and the Suns met in a championship showdown that had everything: Michael at his peak, Sir Charles at his most boisterous, a triple-overtime classic and a title-clinching jumper. Twenty years later, the principals recall the series
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June 10, 2013

The Best Finals Ever

In 1993, the Bulls and the Suns met in a championship showdown that had everything: Michael at his peak, Sir Charles at his most boisterous, a triple-overtime classic and a title-clinching jumper. Twenty years later, the principals recall the series

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BARKLEY: Horace has a layup and is scared to death to take it. Danny for some reason comes down. "Oh, hell, why is he doing that?"

AINGE: So Horace hot-potatoes the ball out to Paxson at the three-point line....

It is no surprise that sharpshooting Paxson was in the game at that point, but it hadn't been the best of seasons for him.

PAXSON: I had off-season surgery and arthroscopic surgery on the same [left] knee during the year, and there was some question whether I'd be on the playoff roster. I always give credit to Phil for hanging with me.

AINGE: I can picture the whole sequence in my mind now. I couldn't sleep for three months afterward. Paxson gets it in perfect rhythm....

PAXSON: The key was when Charles gambled. The play was supposed to go to the right side for Scottie and Michael, but now it turned to the left, turned into something else.

Paxson shoots....

AINGE: That's probably a 50-to-60 percent shot for John when he gets his feet set.

WILLIAMS: You give Pax his routine, and that shot was like a long free throw for him.

WESTPHAL: The ball seemed like it was in the air for about five minutes, time for all kinds of thoughts and emotions to go through your head. "It's a three-pointer, so kind of low percentage.... Wow, that looks good.... Every kid dreams of doing this.... Man, that looks awfully good...."

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