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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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WESTPHAL: I feel bad every time I think of what could've been for Richard Dumas.

JORDAN (postgame): The city expected us to [close out]. We expected ourselves to. We prepared ourselves to win. We all were disappointed. That's life.

GAME 6

With 14.1 seconds left the Suns lead 98--96. Jordan has scored all of the Bulls' nine points in the fourth quarter. After a timeout everyone at America West knows where the play is headed.

SMITH: During the timeout I called the airlines to change my ticket because I figured we were staying in Phoenix. No one on the Bulls even wanted to shoot in that fourth quarter besides Jordan.

JOHNSON: The only thing Paul told us in the timeout was, "Don't leave your man."

AINGE: I'm saying to myself, "No threes. No threes." I remember Westphal saying that we want them to take a long contested two rather than a three.

MAJERLE: No threes! If they make a two, we'll win it in overtime. And there is no way we would've lost a Game 7.

JACKSON: [The play] was simply called "Blind Pig" and breaks down frontline pressure. We liked to have "thrust" in it, which meant going from three-quarter court.

PAXSON: Something that's rarely talked about is that Phil made the decision to take the ball in the backcourt, right in front of our bench, instead of the usual tactic of taking it at half-court. The whole idea of the play was for B.J. and myself to space the floor and get Michael in the backcourt with a running start.

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