Everybody’s referencing Allen Iverson’s epic “Practice” rant, which occurred 10 years ago, but Michael Jordan’s most significant play in his history to that point happened on May 7, 1989.
The Chicago Bulls struggled through the finish of the 1988-89 season, limping into the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers. After taking a surprising 2-1 lead in the best of five series, Jordan missed crucial free-throws in the waning seconds of Game 4 in Chicago, sending the series back to Cleveland for the decisive Game 5.
With the game nip and tuck all the way through, the Bulls trailed by one with three seconds remaining. And well…you know the rest.