Unforgetable duel between Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal in 1993

Unforgetable duel between Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal in 1993

Chicago Bulls against Orlando Magic in a regular season game back in 1993. At first, it might sound like just another regular season game, however, it featured a couple of legends who put on a show for everyone at the Chicago Stadium.

The game featured a Bulls team that was going for a three-peat and had prime MJ and Pippen in their team and on the other hand a talented but young Orlando squad lead by Shaquille O’Neal who was already a superstar in his rookie season.

You could consider this game to be a true classic, with Jordan and Shaq being the main reason for it. Surprisingly Orlando Magic won that game 128-124 in overtime and Shaquille O’Neal was all over that place that night.

Shaq finished the game with 29 points, 24 rebounds, and 5 big blocks. At the same time, he was shooting over 60% from the field and was pretty much dominating the game in a way rarely seen at that time.

Jordan, on the other hand, had one of the best scoring performances in his career as he torched the Magic with 64 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals. Same as Shaq, Jordan was also shooting at a ridiculously high percentage and makes the game look so easy for someone watching from the side.

If you watch carefully, you could see how good Jordan’s mid-range is and most of his scoring comes from seventeen feet. His body control in combination with leaping ability is almost unguardable. Shaq at that time was a unique physical specimen, a 7’1″ 300 pound monster in the paint and this game was a perfect example of the dominance Shaq would impose on the league in the upcoming decade.