"The Last Shot" capped off Michael Jordan's legendary NBA run; "The Shot" kicked it off.
Despite showing flashes of greatness, up until the 1989 NBA Playoffs, MJ never had that one iconic moment that would cement him as the clutch performer. But when the Bulls came to Cleveland for a win-or-go-home Game 5 of the 1989 first-round series, that's exactly what they needed from their best player. And for the first time in his career, No.23 delivered.
Down 100-99 with 3 seconds left on the clock, Jordan hit the mid-range jumper at the buzzer to lead his team to a 3-2 series victory. He finished the game with 44 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists on 17-for-32 from the floor, and the Bulls advanced to the second round to face the Knicks.
They then beat New York and went on to play the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. But once again, Detroit Bad Boys were too much for MJ and the Bulls -- it took another iconic Jordan performance to finally eliminate his biggest rivals, but that didn't happen until 1991.