In the 1993 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan’s Bulls won the first two games on the road against Charles Barkley’s Phoenix Suns by a combined 11 points. Phoenix won Game 3 on the road in a epic 3 OT thriller, 129-121. Jordan scored 44 in defeat.
In Game 4 at home, Jordan scored 55 points and the Bulls won, 111-105. At 3-1, the series is over, right? The Bulls had Game 5 at home, and you’d have to think it was a lock, right? This is the same spot the Heat are currently in.
Game 5 shocker: Phoenix 108, Chicago 98. The Suns grabbed an early lead and withstood Jordan’s 41 points. Phoenix was headed home down 3-2 with a chance to dethrone Jordan and prevent the Bulls from a third straight title.
The Bulls pissed away a double-digit lead and trailed 98-94 before Jordan scored to cut the deficit to two – they only had nine points in the quarter at this point, and MJ scored all of them – and then you know how the game ended:
Bulls 99, Suns 98.
Point here is that if the Thunder can manage to steal Game 5 in Miami – let’s not forget OKC led Game 4 with 4:20 left, and trailed by one with :90 left in Game 3 – they’ll have a damn good chance at home, just like Phoenix did.
How fitting would it be for the series to shift back to Oklahoma City, and then LeBron to make the game-winning assist to Battier or Chalmers?