Twenty One years ago today the visiting Chicago Bulls defeated the Phoenix Suns in game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the series. The Bulls won by a score of 99-98. Michael Jordan was the leading scorer in the game with 33 points. This was the Bulls 3rd consecutive NBA Championship. This victory further increased Michael Jordan’s legacy as the greatest basketball player ever. Jordan would later retire in October of 1993. He would however come back in 1995 to win 3 more NBA Titles.
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In 1997 Michael Jordan had already amassed a career of incredible highlights and amazing records. He had won 4 NBA titles, awarded as the NBA’s MVP 4 times and named the NBA Finals MVP 4 times. His legacy was already set to be considered one of the greatest basketball players of all times. Up to that point he had many memorable moments. The most notable was the game against the Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs were he made “The Shot” in 1989. One of the last memorable moments and possibly the biggest of his career came in the 1997 NBA Finals.
On June 11, 1997 the Chicago Bulls took on the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was Game 5 of the NBA Finals and the series was tied at 2-2. The day before the game Michael Jordan became severely ill. Jordan had a fever and was not able to keep any food down. He was found in the fetal position by his trainer and was very fatigued. Many who were close to the situation believed there was no way he would play the next day.
Michael Jordan during “The Flu Game” (Gety Images”
When the game started Michael Jordan was visibly weak and pale in color. The Bulls fell to an early 16-point deficit in the second quarter and with Jordan not feeling well were in a hole. At halftime the score was 53-49 in favor of the Jazz. The third quarter found Jordan on the bench trying to rest and looking in even worse shape than he had at the beginning of the game. When the fourth quarter began Jordan was back in the game and scored 15 of the Bulls 23 points in the final quarter of the game. The most dramatic plays of the game came in the final minute. Jordan was able to make a 3-pointer to give the Bulls a 88-85 lead with just 25 seconds remaining in the game. The next play was a dunk by Greg Ostertag of the Jazz which took the Bulls lead to only one point. The Bulls were able to raise the score again with a dunk by Luc Longley. With just a few seconds remaining and the Jazz down by 3 points John Stockton was fouled and was now at the free throw line. He needed to make both free throws for the Jazz to be able to stay in the game. When he missed the first free throw the game was sealed. The Bulls had over come this daunting game and won by a score of 90-88. Michael Jordan then collapsed into Scottie Pippen’s arms, this image would forever be considered the trademark picture for this game. Jordan finished the game with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.
Scottie Pippen holding a weak Michael Jordan in the final seconds of “The Flu Game” (Getty Images)
The Bulls would go on to win Game 6 and their 5th NBA Title. It has been reported in later years that he did not have the flu but instead had food poisoning. Regardless of that fact this game was an incredible show of strength and determination for Michael Jordan. Jordan will be remembered long after his days on this earth and this game will be considered one of his best for all future generations who will read about him.
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It’s July and that means one thing the greatest month in sports is over, for this year at least. June has held a big place in sports for many years now. I personally consider it to be the most memorable month in sports every year. No one can forget the O.J. Simpson bronco chase in June of 1994. Other unforgettable images pop up as well. Michael Jordan winning his championships with the Chicago Bulls and sealing his place on sports history. The Stanley Cup classics with greats like Wayne Gretzky capturing the cup numerous times for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s. Numerous World Cup soccer competitions had their start in June and also brought many memorable moments with them. Major League Baseball has some of its most exciting games matching up teams from the N.L. and A.L. in inter league play. There have been so many great things that occurred during this month. So I decided to give you my top 3 moments for this past month. Let’s take a look…
#1- LEBRON JAMES WINS HIS FIRST NBA TITLE (June 21st, 2012)
Lebron James celebrates with the Miami Heat.
After 9 seasons in the NBA Lebron James showed the world that he was in fact a champion. The Miami Heat defated the Oklahoma City Thunder and their young rising superstar Kevin Durant in 5 games to win the NBA Title. This Miami Heat team was heavely favored going into the season to take the title. They had some rough moments in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics but they came out on top and advanced to their second NBA Finals in a row. Lebron showed a level of play and maturity like we have never seen from him before. Lebron can have a nice relating summer and pick up the pursuit of more NBA Titles in the fall.
#2- THE LOS ANGELES KINGS TAKE THE STANLEY CUP (June 11th, 2012)
The Kings shocked the world this year in the NHL Playoffs.
The surprising L.A. Kings won the Lord Stanley’s Cup in 6 games over the New Jersey Devils. This Stanley Cup victory will never be forgotten by the hockey world or the sports world for that matter. The city of L.A. needed this victory at a time when the Lakers and Clippers both were knocked out of the NBA Playoffs early. The city of L.A. got red hot over the Kings outstanding postseason run. Many casual fans that disappeared when Wayne Gretzky left the team for the Rangers in the late 90′s were back. The American Hockey scene needed this victory as well. This could spark excitement and push the sport even further in the American Culture.
#3- MATT CAIN’S PERFECT PERFORMANCE (June 13th, 2012)
The Giants Matt Cain pitching perfection.
On the 13th of June the San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain threw baseball’s 22 perfect game ever. This was the second perfect game this season, Phil Humber of the White Sox threw a perfect ball game in April against the Mariners in Seattle. Matt Cain’s perfect game ended in a score of 10-0 against the Houston Astors. Stat wise this could be considered one of the best perfect games ever. Matt Cain struck out an impressive 14 batters during the game. A feat which had only been done one time before when Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game in 1965. The great game had a great moment at the end when Cain met his wife in the dugout to celebrate his history making performance with her.
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