On this date in the 1991 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan performed a spectacular move and set a new record

On this date in the 1991 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan performed a spectacular move and set a new record

The starting position for the Bulls in the 1991 NBA Finals could not have been worse. Another defeat and the long-awaited title would have been gone. To make things worse, Jordan was in foul trouble early in the first quarter. Coach Phil Jackson reacted and changed the defense strategy.

 From then on Scottie Pippen played defense on Magic Johnson. It was one of Jackson’s best decisions because Scottie’s defense was spectacular and he held Magic to only 14 points.

 The Bulls simply could not be stopped, they scored from every position and set a new record in shooting percentage. The starting five scored an astonishing 47 out of 65 (72%) with John Paxson making all of his shots (8 out of 8). But the best man on the floor was once again Michael Jordan. He had only 2 points after 20 minutes, however, he proceeded to score incredible 13 shots in a row.

 In Game 2, Jordan scored 33 points, dished 13 assists, and grabbed 7 rebounds on a 15/18 shooting from the field, including an incredible play, later to be known as “The Move.”

 In the last quarter, Jordan drove down the court and threw a no-look pass to teammate Cliff Levingston, who made a move to the basket from the left wing. But then, Levingston gave the ball back to Jordan, who was ready to take flight.

Jordan had in mind to dunk the ball, but when Sam Perkins came over to block the shot, Jordan knew, he needs to do something else. On his way back to the ground, he switched the ball to his left hand and performed “The Move”.

The play sent the crowd and the game’s broadcasting crew into delight. “Oh! A spectacular move by Michael Jordan!” announcer Marv Albert yelled.

The Bulls won 107:86. The second big thing in the media was Pippen and his defense on Magic.

“I’ve been watching Magic during and even before my career, so I knew what to do to prevent him from playing as effectively as usual,” was his simple explanation”