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PAXSON: I wish I could remember exactly went through my head, but all I know is that it was like a million other jump shots, in my driveway, in college, in the pros.
... and it swishes, giving the Bulls a 99--98 lead with 3.9 seconds on the clock.
JACKSON: The real beauty of it was that all the players touched the ball and Paxson delivered.
BRIAN MCINTYRE (then the NBA's director of public relations): The Bulls had a big lead going into the fourth quarter, and I rolled the dice they would win. So NBC had set up all of their equipment in the Bulls' locker room to film the champagne ceremony. The deal was, they were supposed to get out if Chicago didn't close out, but there wouldn't have been enough time. Pax saved my ass.
The Suns still have time to win, but Johnson's shot in the lane is blocked by Grant.
GRANT: Michael was guarding K.J. and big Oliver [Miller] set a screen on him. K.J. was open and I was forced to help. He got past me, and I lost my balance and stumbled but had the presence to stay on my feet and block his jumper.
PAXSON: Reacting quickly to a play was Horace's strength.
The Bulls are jubilant, the Suns stunned.
JORDAN (to reporters in 1993): Winning this championship was harder than anything I've done before, with all the ups and downs and the mental approach that I've had to take into each game. We never gave up hope, and now that this team has become part of history, it's a very gratifying feeling for me.
HALLAM: We kid Pax [now the Bulls' general manager] to death about it. If we're out with him, we'll always make sure we say, "Hey, it's John Paxson. He hit that three-point shot in 1993." But most everybody knows it anyway.