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1993 NBA Final: Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns Game1 (Full Game)
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NBA Finals 1993. Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls. Game 4. Jordan 55 pts, Barkley 32 pts. Full game.
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1993 NBA Finals | Bulls vs Suns | Game 6
1993 NBA Finals | Bulls vs Suns | Game 6
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1993 NBA Finals - Chicago vs Phoenix - Game 6 Best Plays
1993 NBA Finals - Chicago vs Phoenix - Game 6 Best Plays
Published: 2013/11/23
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Chicago Bulls 1993 Championship
Chicago Bulls 1993 Championship
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1993 Nba finals Suns vs Bulls game 6
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Bulls vs. Suns - 1993 NBA Finals Game 1
Bulls vs. Suns - 1993 NBA Finals Game 1
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Michael Jordan - 55 Points /  Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns  1993 NBA Finals G4
Michael Jordan - 55 Points / Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns 1993 NBA Finals G4
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NBA Finals 1993 Game 5 Chicago Bulls Phoenix Suns
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NBA Finals 1993 Game 3 Chicago Bulls Phoenix Suns
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NBA Finals 1993 Game 2 Chicago Bulls   Phoenix Suns
NBA Finals 1993 Game 2 Chicago Bulls Phoenix Suns
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Michael Jordan 1993 Finals MVP Full Highlights 41.0 / 8.5 / 6.3 BEAST!
Michael Jordan 1993 Finals MVP Full Highlights 41.0 / 8.5 / 6.3 BEAST!
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Michael Jordan (33-8-7) 1993 Finals Gm 6 vs. Suns - Paxon Game Winner, 1st Threepeat since 1966
Michael Jordan (33-8-7) 1993 Finals Gm 6 vs. Suns - Paxon Game Winner, 1st Threepeat since 1966
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1993 NBA Finals Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns - Game#3
1993 NBA Finals Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns - Game#3
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Michael Jordan 1993 NBA Finals Great Performance
Michael Jordan 1993 NBA Finals Great Performance
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John Paxson
John Paxson's game winning three in game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals
Published: 2009/05/07
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Michael Jordan (31-7-5) 1993 Finals Gm 1 vs. Suns - Gambling Interview
Michael Jordan (31-7-5) 1993 Finals Gm 1 vs. Suns - Gambling Interview
Published: 2013/07/25
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1993 NBA Finals Game 4 - Michael Jordan 55 PTS & Game Winner vs Charles BARKLEY!!!
1993 NBA Finals Game 4 - Michael Jordan 55 PTS & Game Winner vs Charles BARKLEY!!!
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Barkley vs MJ: Phoenix Suns 129, Chicago Bulls 121 Triple OT! Game 3, 1993 NBA Finals
Barkley vs MJ: Phoenix Suns 129, Chicago Bulls 121 Triple OT! Game 3, 1993 NBA Finals
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1993 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 7 Seattle Supersonics@Phoenix Suns
1993 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 7 Seattle Supersonics@Phoenix Suns
Published: 2017/03/27
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Michael Jordan (42-12-9) 1993 Finals Gm 2 vs. Suns - Tops Barkley
Michael Jordan (42-12-9) 1993 Finals Gm 2 vs. Suns - Tops Barkley
Published: 2013/07/28
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1993 NBA Final: Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns Game 2 (Full Game)
1993 NBA Final: Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns Game 2 (Full Game)
Published: 2017/03/07
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1993 NBA Finals Game 3 - ALL 3 OVERTIMES (with TV ads)
1993 NBA Finals Game 3 - ALL 3 OVERTIMES (with TV ads)
Published: 2016/03/21
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Michael Jordan (55-9-6) 1993 Finals Gm 4 vs. Suns - MJ
Michael Jordan (55-9-6) 1993 Finals Gm 4 vs. Suns - MJ's Highest Scoring Finals Game
Published: 2013/08/04
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1993 Finals: Game 1 Intro
1993 Finals: Game 1 Intro
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Bulls vs Suns 1993 Finals - Game 5, Michael Jordan 41 points
Bulls vs Suns 1993 Finals - Game 5, Michael Jordan 41 points
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1993 Bulls vs Suns game 1 highlights
1993 Bulls vs Suns game 1 highlights
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Michael Jordan (44-9-6) 1993 Finals Gm 3 vs. Suns - TRIPLE OT
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1993 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 6 Phoenix Suns@Seattle Supersonics
1993 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 6 Phoenix Suns@Seattle Supersonics
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Michael Jordan - exclusives, 1993 NBA Finals
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1993 NBA Finals game 6 NBC intro
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1993 Bulls vs Suns game 6 highlights
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1993 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 New York Knicks@Chicago Bulls
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1993 NBA Finals game 5 NBC intro
Published: 2008/06/28
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Charles Barkley (32pts/12rebs/10asts) vs Bulls (1993 Finals)
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Charles Barkley Blocks, Posterizes And Trashtalks Scottie Pippen! (1993 Finals, Game 4)
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NBA Finals 1993 top 10
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Bulls vs. Suns 1993 NBA Finals Game 3 (1/...)
Bulls vs. Suns 1993 NBA Finals Game 3 (1/...)
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Michael Jordan 42 pts,12 reb,9 ast vs Charles Barkley 42 pts,13 reb, nba-finals 93, game 2
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Charles Barkley Having Words with Scottie Pippen in 1993 Finals!
Charles Barkley Having Words with Scottie Pippen in 1993 Finals!
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1993 NBA Finals Gm. 5 Suns vs. Bulls (1/8)
1993 NBA Finals Gm. 5 Suns vs. Bulls (1/8)
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Scottie Pippen 1993 NBA Finals Mix
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Michael Jordan Full Highlights 1993 Finals G4 vs Suns - UNREAL 55 Pts, GOD-MODE!!
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Bulls vs Suns 1993 Finals - Game 4: Michael Jordan 55 points
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Bulls vs. Knicks - 1993 playoffs Game 6
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1993 NBA Finals Gm. 2 Bulls vs. Suns (1/8)
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NBA ON NBC - Bulls vs Suns Game 4 Finals Intro 1993
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Chicago Bulls Introduction 1993 NBA Finals Game 4 vs Phoenix Suns.
Chicago Bulls Introduction 1993 NBA Finals Game 4 vs Phoenix Suns.
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Michael Jordan (41-7-7) 1993 Finals Gm 5 vs. Suns - Domination Not Enough to Clinch Finals
Michael Jordan (41-7-7) 1993 Finals Gm 5 vs. Suns - Domination Not Enough to Clinch Finals
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1993 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
Chicago Bulls Phil Jackson 4
Phoenix Suns Paul Westphal 2
Dates June 9–20
MVP Michael Jordan
(Chicago Bulls)
Television NBC (U.S.)
Announcers
Referees
Game 1: Hugh Evans • Jess Kersey • Hue Hollins
Game 2: Jake O'Donnell • Joey Crawford • Jack Madden
Game 3: Darell Garretson • Mike Mathis • Dick Bavetta
Game 4: Hugh Evans • Ed T. Rush • Bill Oakes
Game 5: Jake O'Donnell • Joey Crawford • Jess Kersey
Game 6: Darell Garretson • Ed T. Rush • Mike Mathis
Hall of Famers
Eastern Finals Bulls defeat Knicks, 4–2
Western Finals Suns defeat SuperSonics, 4–3
NBA Finals

The 1993 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1992–93 NBA season, featuring the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, and the Phoenix Suns, winners of 62 games and led by regular season MVP Charles Barkley. The Bulls became the first team since the legendary Boston Celtics of the 1960s to win three consecutive championship titles, clinching the "three-peat" with John Paxson's game-winning 3-pointer that gave them a 99–98 victory in Game 6. This series was also notable in that the road team won almost every game, with the exception of Phoenix in Game 4.

This series was aired on NBC with Marv Albert, Bob Costas (hosts), Mike Fratello, Magic Johnson, Quinn Buckner (analysts), Ahmad Rashād (Bulls sideline) and Hannah Storm (Suns sideline) (reporters) calling the action.

The 1993 NBA championship documentary, Three-Peat, marked the first time since 1982 that NBA Entertainment used film in on-court or off-court action, although most of it used videotape. It was narrated by Hal Douglas, who narrated the NBA Championship documentaries of 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.

Background[edit]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

With two consecutive NBA championships, the Bulls aimed at an elusive 'three-peat'. No team had won a third consecutive NBA title since the Boston Celtics achieved a run of eight titles in a row from 1959 to 1966.

In the offseason, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen played for the Dream Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, winning the gold medal. They entered the new season with little rest, but it did not stop both Jordan and Pippen from leading the Bulls to a 57–25 record, good for second in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago began its push for a 'three-peat' with back-to-back sweeps of the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. But against the top-seeded New York Knicks, the Bulls fell behind 2–0, before winning the next two games in Chicago, tying the series. In a crucial Game 5 at Madison Square Garden, the Bulls stole a rare road victory, aided by an array of blocks on Charles Smith in the final seconds, before wrapping up the series in Game 6 at Chicago Stadium.

Phoenix Suns[edit]

The Suns were a team on the rise, led by their All-Star point guard Kevin Johnson. Johnson arrived via trade in 1988, and propelled the Suns to two consecutive trips to the conference finals in his first two full seasons.

In the 1992 offseason, the Suns made a blockbuster trade, acquiring Charles Barkley from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang. They also hired Paul Westphal as head coach, unveiled new logos and uniforms, and moved to the then-brand new America West Arena from the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Suns made the most of these moves, winning a franchise record 62 games. Barkley's efforts won him the MVP award. In the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, the Suns eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. In the second round the Suns defeated the San Antonio Spurs in six games, and were again pushed to a decisive game seven by the Seattle SuperSonics before ultimately winning in the conference finals. For the Suns, it was their first NBA finals appearance since 1976 and second overall.

Road to the Finals[edit]

Phoenix Suns (Western Conference Champion) Chicago Bulls (Eastern Conference Champion)
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Phoenix Suns 62 20 .756
2 y-Houston Rockets 55 27 .671 7
3 x-Seattle SuperSonics 55 27 .671 7
4 x-Portland Trail Blazers 51 31 .622 11
5 x-San Antonio Spurs 49 33 .598 13
6 x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 18
7 x-Los Angeles Clippers 41 41 .500 21
8 x-Los Angeles Lakers 39 43 .476 23
9 Denver Nuggets 36 46 .439 26
10 Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28
11 Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 37
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 19 63 .232 43
13 Dallas Mavericks 11 71 .134 51
1st seed in the West, best league record
Regular season
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-New York Knicks 60 22 .732
2 y-Chicago Bulls 57 25 .695 3
3 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 54 28 .659 6
4 x-Boston Celtics 48 34 .585 12
5 x-Charlotte Hornets 44 38 .537 16
6 x-New Jersey Nets 43 39 .524 17
7 x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 17
8 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 19
9 Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 19
10 Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488 20
11 Miami Heat 36 46 .439 24
12 Milwaukee Bucks 28 54 .341 32
13 Philadelphia 76ers 26 56 .317 36
14 Washington Bullets 22 60 .268 38
2nd seed in the East, 3rd best league record
Defeated the (8) Los Angeles Lakers, 3–2 First Round Defeated the (7) Atlanta Hawks, 3–0
Defeated the (5) San Antonio Spurs, 4–2 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (3) Cleveland Cavaliers, 4–0
Defeated the (3) Seattle SuperSonics, 4–3 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) New York Knicks, 4–2

Regular season series[edit]

Both teams split the two meetings, each won by the road team:

Team rosters[edit]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

1993 Chicago Bulls Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From
PG 10 United States Armstrong, B.J. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1967–09–09 Iowa
C 24 United States Cartwright, Bill 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1957–07–30 San Francisco
PF 54 United States Grant, Horace 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1965–07–04 Clemson
SG 23 United States Jordan, Michael 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1963–02–17 North Carolina
PF 21 United States King, Stacey 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1967–01–29 Oklahoma
SF 22 United States McCray, Rodney 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1961–08–29 Louisville
PF 45 United States Nealy, Ed 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1960–02–19 Kansas State
PG 5 United States Paxson, John 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1960–09–29 Notre Dame
C 32 United States Perdue, Will 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1965–08–29 Vanderbilt
SF 33 United States Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1965–09–25 Central Arkansas
SG 6 United States Tucker, Trent 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1959–12–20 Minnesota
SG 20 United States Walker, Darrell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1961–03–09 Arkansas
PG 12 United States Williams, Corey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1970–04–24 Oklahoma State
PF 42 United States Williams, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1968–03–21 North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Phoenix Suns[edit]

1993 Phoenix Suns Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From
SG 22 United States Ainge, Danny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1959–03–17 Brigham Young
PF 34 United States Barkley, Charles 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 252 lb (114 kg) 1963–02–20 Auburn
SF 23 United States Ceballos, Cedric 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1969–08–02 Cal State Fullerton
PF 24 United States Chambers, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1959–06–21 Utah
SF 21 United States Dumas, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1969–05–19 Oklahoma State
PG 3 United States Johnson, Frank 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1958–11–23 Wake Forest
PG 7 United States Johnson, Kevin 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1966–03–04 UC Berkeley
C 8 United States Kempton, Tim 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1964–01–25 Notre Dame
PG 32 United States Knight, Negele 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1967–03–06 Dayton
SG 9 United States Majerle, Dan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1965–09–09 Central Michigan
C 25 United States Miller, Oliver 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) 1970–04–06 Arkansas
PF 0 United States Mustaf, Jerrod 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1969–10–28 Maryland
C 41 United States West, Mark 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1960–11–05 Old Dominion
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Series summary[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team Local Time
Game 1 Wednesday, June 9 Phoenix Suns 92–100 (0–1) Chicago Bulls 6:00pm MDT
Game 2 Friday, June 11 Phoenix Suns 108–111 (0–2) Chicago Bulls 6:00pm MDT
Game 3 Sunday, June 13 Chicago Bulls 121–129 3OT (2–1) Phoenix Suns 6:30pm CDT
Game 4 Wednesday, June 16 Chicago Bulls 111–105 (3–1) Phoenix Suns 8:00pm CDT
Game 5 Friday, June 18 Chicago Bulls 98–108 (3–2) Phoenix Suns 8:00pm CDT
Game 6 Sunday, June 20 Phoenix Suns 98–99 (2–4) Chicago Bulls 4:30pm MDT

Game 1[edit]

June 9
9:00et
Chicago Bulls 100, Phoenix Suns 92
Scoring by quarter: 34–20, 18–21, 21–28, 27–23
Pts: Michael Jordan 31
Rebs: Scott Williams 10
Asts: Armstrong, Grant, Jordan, Pippen 5 each
Pts: Charles Barkley 21
Rebs: Richard Dumas 12
Asts: Charles Barkley 5
Chicago leads the series, 1–0
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees:
  • No. 25 Hugh Evans
  • No. 20 Jess Kersey
  • No. 42 Hue Hollins

It is also worth noting that Phoenix displayed an introduction animation similar in fashion to Chicago's now famous introduction animation, both of which were set to the same song, before the game, which was remarked upon by the commentators. Also, before the game a moment of silence was observed in memory of New Jersey Nets guard Dražen Petrović; who was killed in a car accident two days earlier.

Game 2[edit]

June 11
9:00et
Chicago Bulls 111, Phoenix Suns 108
Scoring by quarter: 28–29, 31–24, 28–31, 24–24
Pts: Michael Jordan 42
Rebs: Grant, Pippen 12 each
Asts: Scottie Pippen 12
Pts: Charles Barkley 42
Rebs: Charles Barkley 13
Asts: Kevin Johnson 7
Chicago leads the series, 2–0
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees:
  • No. 11 Jake O'Donnell
  • No. 17 Joey Crawford
  • No. 14 Jack Madden

Both teams came were locked in battle throughout the first quarter until Chicago took over in the 2nd quarter shooting at a greater shooting percentage. In the 2nd half, the Suns begin to put more pressure on the Bulls, but late in the 4th quarter with time running out, it would come down to a battle of determination. Scottie Pippen blocked Danny Ainge's 3-point attempt to seal the win and Phoenix becomes the first team to lose their home-court advantage twice in the first two games of the NBA Finals.

Game 3[edit]

June 13
7:00et
Phoenix Suns 129, Chicago Bulls 121 (3OT)
Scoring by quarter: 29–29, 29–28, 28–28, 17–18, Overtime: 26–18
Pts: Dan Majerle 28
Rebs: Charles Barkley 19
Asts: Kevin Johnson 9
Pts: Michael Jordan 44
Rebs: Horace Grant 17
Asts: Scottie Pippen 9
Chicago leads the series, 2–1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Attendance: 18,676
Referees:
  • No. 10 Darell Garretson
  • No. 13 Mike Mathis
  • No. 27 Dick Bavetta

The Phoenix Suns won Game 3 in 3OT, 129–121. Suns Head Coach Paul Westphal became the only person to appear in both triple-overtime finals games: the first was the classic 1976 contest against Boston, in Game 5 as a player. His Suns also appeared in that year's finals, thus becoming the only team to appear in two triple-overtime finals games, the first of which they lost 126–128. Westphal made a shocking decision that paid off, as he tried to get Kevin Johnson back on track after Johnson had two terrible performances in Games 1 and 2 by having him guard Michael Jordan, and KJ played much better all-around basketball for the rest of the Finals.

Suns: Kevin Johnson 25, Dan Majerle 28, Charles Barkley 24, Mark West 11, Richard Dumas 17, Danny Ainge 10, Tom Chambers 12, Oliver Miller 2, Frank Johnson 0, Jerrod Mustaf 0

Bulls: B.J. Armstrong 21, Michael Jordan 44, Scottie Pippen 26, Horace Grant 13, Bill Cartwright 8, Scott Williams 4, Trent Tucker 3, Stacey King 0, John Paxson 2, Darrell Walker 0

Game 4[edit]

June 16
9:00et
Phoenix Suns 105, Chicago Bulls 111
Scoring by quarter: 27–31, 31–30, 23–25, 24–25
Pts: Charles Barkley 32
Rebs: Charles Barkley 12
Asts: Charles Barkley 10
Pts: Michael Jordan 55
Rebs: Horace Grant 16
Asts: Scottie Pippen 10
Chicago leads the series, 3–1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Attendance: 18,676
Referees:
  • No. 25 Hugh Evans
  • No. 4 Ed T. Rush
  • No. 21 Bill Oakes

In Game 4, Michael Jordan was unstoppable, scoring 55 points at Chicago Stadium and making a tough driving layup late in the game while getting fouled. The Bulls won 111–105. Scott Williams, who like MJ played his college basketball at UNC for Dean Smith, joked afterwards about "being proud that the two former Tar Heels combined for 57 points."

Suns: Charles Barkley 32, Dan Majerle 14, Kevin Johnson 19, Richard Dumas 17, Mark West 8, Tom Chambers 7, Danny Ainge 2, Oliver Miller 2, Frank Johnson 4

Bulls: Michael Jordan 55, Scottie Pippen 14, Horace Grant 17, B.J. Armstrong 11, Bill Cartwright 3, John Paxson 6, Scott Williams 2, Stacey King 3, Rodney McCray 0, Darrell Walker 0, Trent Tucker 0

Game 5[edit]

June 18
9:00et
Phoenix Suns 108, Chicago Bulls 98
Scoring by quarter: 33–21, 21–28, 26–24, 28–25
Pts: Johnson, Dumas 25 each
Rebs: Dan Majerle 12
Asts: Kevin Johnson 8
Pts: Michael Jordan 41
Rebs: Grant, Jordan 7 each
Asts: Michael Jordan 7
Chicago leads the series, 3–2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Attendance: 18,676
Referees:
  • No. 11 Jake O'Donnell
  • No. 17 Joey Crawford
  • No. 20 Jess Kersey

Before Game 5, Charles Barkley told the press he had announced to his teammates that they needed to win to "Save the City", a reference to the riots anticipated in Chicago if the Bulls won the championship at home. Both Paul Westphal and Kevin Johnson later expressed amusement about Barkley claiming credit for the line because they both heard Westphal make a tongue-in-cheek comment to that effect in a pregame meeting.

The Suns won 108–98 and headed home for Game 6 down 3–2.

Suns: Dan Majerle 11, Charles Barkley 24, Kevin Johnson 25, Mark West 5, Richard Dumas 25, Danny Ainge 8, Oliver Miller 8, Frank Johnson 2, Tom Chambers 0, Jerrod Mustaf 0

Bulls: Michael Jordan 41, Scottie Pippen 22, Horace Grant 1, B.J. Armstrong 7, Bill Cartwright 2, John Paxson 12, Scott Williams 4, Stacey King 4, Will Perdue 0, Trent Tucker 5, Darrell Walker 0

Game 6[edit]

June 20
7:30et
Chicago Bulls 99, Phoenix Suns 98
Scoring by quarter: 37–28, 19–23, 31–28, 12–19
Pts: Michael Jordan 33
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 12
Asts: Michael Jordan 7
Pts: Barkley, Majerle 21 each
Rebs: Charles Barkley 17
Asts: Kevin Johnson 10
Chicago wins the series, 4–2
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees:
  • No. 10 Darell Garretson
  • No. 4 Ed T. Rush
  • No. 13 Mike Mathis

The Bulls got off to a good start in Game 6 but struggled in the fourth quarter, wasting a double-digit lead to trail 98–94. Michael Jordan made a layup to cut the lead to 2 points, and Dan Majerle's 30-foot three-pointer fell short on the Suns' next possession. Trailing 98–96 and playing a Game 7 on the road if they lost that day, Chicago ran a play that Phil Jackson called "Blind Pig" that had them increasing the play's "thrust" by bringing the ball from 3/4 back of the basket. Although Westphal's sole instruction on the play was for none of the players to double-team any of the Bulls (even Michael Jordan), Danny Ainge left John Paxson to try and either steal the ball or foul Horace Grant, who had missed all five of his shot attempts in the game and wasn't a good crunch-time free throw shooter. Grant saw Paxson alone 25 feet from the basket and fired a perfect pass, and Paxson then made a three pointer with 3.9 seconds left, giving the Bulls a 99–98 lead. Paxson's three-point field goal was the only score by any Bulls player other than Michael Jordan in the entire fourth quarter. The victory was secured by a last-second block from Grant on Kevin Johnson.

Bulls: Michael Jordan 33, Scottie Pippen 23, B.J. Armstrong 18, Horace Grant 1, Bill Cartwright 2, John Paxson 8, Scott Williams 5, Trent Tucker 9, Stacey King 0

Suns: Dan Majerle 21, Kevin Johnson 19, Charles Barkley 21, Richard Dumas 8, Mark West 4, Tom Chambers 12, Danny Ainge 9, Oliver Miller 4, Frank Johnson 0

Michael Jordan, who averaged a Finals-record 41.0 PPG during the six-game series, became the first player in NBA history to win three straight Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards. He joined Magic Johnson as the only other player to win the award three times. The NBA started awarding the Finals MVP in 1969.

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Chicago Bulls
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Armstrong, B. J.B. J. Armstrong 6 6 41.8 .508 .526 1.000 1.8 5.0 0.8 0.2 13.5
Cartwright, BillBill Cartwright 6 6 21.3 .400 .000 .500 3.2 1.7 0.5 0.2 4.3
Grant, HoraceHorace Grant 6 6 38.8 .528 .000 .579 10.3 2.3 1.5 1.5 11.2
Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan 6 6 45.7 .508 .400 .694 8.5 6.3 1.7 0.7 41.0
King, StaceyStacey King 6 0 8.2 .273 .000 .875 1.3 0.5 0.3 0.2 2.2
McCray, RodneyRodney McCray 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Paxson, JohnJohn Paxson 6 0 16.0 .619 .643 .000 1.5 0.8 0.5 0.2 5.8
Perdue, WillWill Perdue 1 0 9.0 .000 .000 .000 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen 6 6 44.3 .439 .000 .543 9.2 7.7 2.0 1.0 21.2
Tucker, TrentTrent Tucker 6 0 6.8 .700 .600 .000 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.0 2.8
Walker, DarrellDarrell Walker 3 0 1.7 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
Williams, ScottScott Williams 6 0 26.5 .406 .000 .286 6.3 1.7 0.5 1.5 4.7
Phoenix Suns
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Ainge, DannyDanny Ainge 6 0 27.0 .475 .667 .778 3.0 2.5 0.3 0.0 8.8
Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley 6 6 46.2 .476 .250 .750 13.0 5.5 1.2 0.5 27.3
Chambers, TomTom Chambers 6 0 15.3 .359 .000 .800 3.0 0.5 0.2 0.5 6.7
Dumas, RichardRichard Dumas 6 6 26.7 .571 .000 .778 4.3 1.0 1.3 1.0 15.8
Johnson, FrankFrank Johnson 6 0 7.3 .412 .000 1.000 0.3 0.8 0.5 0.0 3.0
Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson 6 6 43.3 .421 .000 .920 3.0 6.5 1.3 0.3 17.2
Majerle, DanDan Majerle 6 6 46.8 .443 .436 .800 8.2 3.7 1.3 2.2 17.2
Miller, OliverOliver Miller 6 0 17.8 .444 .000 .750 4.2 1.3 0.7 2.0 5.0
Mustaf, JerrodJerrod Mustaf 2 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
West, MarkMark West 6 6 21.7 .619 .000 .533 4.3 0.7 0.0 1.2 5.7

Aftermath[edit]

A month after the Bulls’ third straight championship, Michael Jordan's father, James R. Jordan, Sr., was murdered. Distraught by the murder of his father, Jordan announced his retirement from basketball a few weeks before the 1993–94 NBA season began, citing a loss of desire to play basketball. Even without Jordan, the Bulls still managed to win 55 games behind the All-Star efforts of Scottie Pippen; however the loss of Jordan was steep to overcome, and, following a controversial call that gave New York the Game 5 win, the Bulls would go on to lose to the New York Knicks in the Conference Semi-finals of the 1994 NBA Playoffs in Game 7. Jordan would return from retirement in March 1995, following a brief baseball career and made the 1995 NBA Playoffs, losing to the Orlando Magic in six games. Game 5 of the Finals between the Bulls and Suns was the last NBA Finals game played at Chicago Stadium.

The Phoenix Suns would finish with 56 wins in the 1993–94 season, but were eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston Rockets after leading 2–0 in the Western Conference Semifinals. The following year, Phoenix took a commanding 3–1 lead against a sixth-Seeded Houston team only to lose again, losing Games 5 and 7 on their home court, the last of which was decided on a 3-pointer by Mario Elie and an ensuing free throw session. The Rockets went on to win both the 1994 and 1995 NBA Finals. As of 2017 this remains the Suns’ last Finals appearance. In a last-ditch attempt to win a championship, Barkley was soon traded, ironically, to the Rockets in 1996 for Sam Cassell, Robert Horry and Chucky Brown. Despite forming a "Big Three" with Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, the Rockets failed to make the NBA Finals in Barkley's four seasons. The 1993 Finals would be the only appearance of Charles Barkley's Hall of Fame career.

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