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The Shot is a game-winning shot made by Michael Jordan in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz with 5.2 seconds left that would help the Chicago Bulls win their 6th NBA title.

It was Jordan's last shot as he retired on January 13, 1999, until his Washington Wizards comeback from 2001-03. It was, however, his last playoff shot, as he never made the playoffs with the Wizards. It was his 25th and final game winning shot for the Bulls.[1]

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The Play

When John Stockton passed the ball to Karl Malone, Michael Jordan stole the ball away and dribbled to the front. Guarding him was Bryon Russell, one of the Jazz's best perimeter defenders. Jordan drove inside the 3-point line, executed a quick cross-over - possibly pushing off Russell,[2][3][4] but the officials did not call a foul - and made a 20-foot jumper to give the Bulls an 87-86 lead with 5.2 seconds left.

Quotes from the play

17 seconds from Game 7, or from Championship number 6, Jordan... open... Chicago with the lead! Time out Utah, 5.2 seconds left, Michael Jordan running on fumes with 45 points.
NBC's Bob Costas making the call of Michael Jordan's game-winning shot.
Malone...stripped by Michael, to the floor, stolen by M.J.! Michael the steal! 16 seconds left, Bulls down 1. Michael against Russell, 12 seconds...11...10. Jordan, Jordan a drive, hangs...fires...SCORE! He scores! The Bulls lead 87-86 with five and two tenths left, and now they're one stop away. Oh my goodness. Oh, my goodness.
Neil Funk calling Jordan's steal and game-winner on the Bulls' radio network.

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