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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 - June 20
MVP: Michael Jordan
(Chicago Bulls)
Television: NBC (U.S.)
Announcers: Marv Albert, Mike Fratello, and Magic Johnson
Game 1: d
Hall of Famers: Charles Barkley (2006)
Michael Jordan (2009)
Phil Jackson (2007)
Eastern Finals: Bulls defeat Knicks, 4-2
Western Finals: Suns defeat Supersonics, 4-3
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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 each game, with the exception of Chicago in Game 4.

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

The 1993 NBA championship documentary 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.


Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team TV Time
Game 1 Wednesday, June 9 Phoenix 92-100 Chicago NBC 9:00pm et
Game 2 Friday, June 11 Phoenix 108-111 Chicago NBC 9:00pm et
Game 3 Sunday, June 13 Chicago 121-129 (3OT) Phoenix NBC 8:30pm et
Game 4 Wednesday, June 16 Chicago 111-105 Phoenix NBC 8:00pm et
Game 5 Friday, June 18 Chicago 98-108 Phoenix NBC 8:00pm et
Game 6 Sunday, June 20 Phoenix 98-99 Chicago NBC 9:00pm et

Bulls win series 4-2


Game 1

The Bulls won 100-92.

Bulls: Horace Grant 11, Michael Jordan 31, Scottie Pippen 27, B.J. Armstrong 16, Bill Cartwright 9,John Paxson 2, Trent Tucker 0, Stacey King 0

Suns: Charles Barkley 21, Dan Majerle 16, Richard Dumas 20, Kevin Johnson 11, Mark West 6, Oliver Miller 6, Danny Ainge 4, Frank Johnson 8, Tom Chambers 0

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 referenced by the commentators.

Game 2

The Bulls won 111-108 as Danny Ainge's last-second shot was rejected away by Scottie Pippen.

Bulls: Scottie Pippen 15, B.J. Armstrong 8, Michael Jordan 42, Horace Grant 24, Bill Cartwright 2, Scott Williams 9, Stacey King 6, John Paxson 5, Trent Tucker 0

Suns: Charles Barkley 42, Dan Majerle 13, Kevin Johnson 4, Richard Dumas 8, Mark West 0, Danny Ainge 20, Tom Chambers 9, Oliver Miller 8, Frank Johnson 4

Game 3

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.

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

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.

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

Before Game 5, Charles Barkley famously 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.

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

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 margin to 2 points, and Dan Majerle's 30-foot three-point attempt rattled out on the Suns' next possession. Trailing 98-96 and facing a Game 7 on the road if they lost that day, John Paxson took a pass from Horace Grant and buried 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 Horace 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, Danny Ainge 9, Oliver Miller 4, Tom Chambers 12, 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.

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