Being from Chicago, I am a huge Chicago sports fan. Though the Cubs are known as the “Lovable Losers” because they had not been to the World Series since 1945 and not won a World Series since 1908, they are the tops of my Chicago sports fan list. The Bears are number two on my list. But while the Cubs and Bears are tops on my list, they had not produced very many eye-opening playoff highlights.
That distinction would go ultimately to the Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan had held many scoring records, All Star MVP’s, NBA Finals MVP’s, and basically carried the Bulls on his back during the “Repeat Three-Peat” where he led the Bulls to titles from 1991 – 1993 and again from 1996 – 1998. However, one such highlight took place not in the NBA finals but rather in 1989 during a Best of 5 first round match against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Here is the scenario: Series tied at 2 games a piece. Cavaliers have the lead 100 – 99 with 3 seconds left in the game. What happens next will go down in NBA history:
Various calls of the game winning shot:
– Jim Durham of the Chicago Bulls Radio Network
The inbounds pass comes in to Jordan. Here’s Michael at the foul line, the shot on Ehlo…GOOD! THE BULLS WIN IT! THEY WIN IT! They upset the Cleveland Cavaliers! Michael Jordan hits it at the foul line! 101–100! 20,273 in stunned silence here in the Coliseum. Michael Jordan with 44 points in a game hit the shot over Craig Ehlo. What tremendous heroics we have had in Game 5. From both teams, what a spectacular series this has been. In my days in the NBA, 16 years, this is the greatest series I’ve ever seen!
– Dick Stockton of CBS Sports
Sellers has Jordan. Jordan with 2 seconds to go, puts it up and score it! At the buzzer! Michael Jordan has won it for Chicago! Michael Jordan hit the basket at the buzzer as a disconsolate Lenny Wilkens leaves the floor. And for the second time today, the visiting team has won a deciding game in an opening round series. And the Chicago Bulls will move on to play the New York Knicks in a best-of-7.
– Joe Tait of the Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network
He looks. He looks. He gets to Jordan. Jordan to the circle, puts the shot in the air, GOOD! The game’s over! And the Bulls have won. Jordan beat ’em at the buzzer with a jump shot in the circle and Chicago has knocked off the Cavs 101–100.