1992 NBA Finals

The 1992 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1991–92 NBA season. The Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls took on the Western Conference champion Portland Trail Blazers for the title, with Chicago having home court advantage, as they had the best record in the NBA that season.

The two teams appeared headed to face each other for most of the season and comparisons were made between Clyde Drexler and Michael Jordan throughout the season.[1] A month earlier Sports Illustrated had even listed Drexler as Jordan's "No. 1 rival" on a cover the two appeared on together before the playoffs.[2] The media, hoping to recreate a Magic JohnsonLarry Bird type rivalry in Jordan-Drexler, compared the two throughout the pre-Finals hype.

The Bulls would go on to win the series in six games. Michael Jordan was named Finals Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, to go with his sixth straight regular season scoring title.

1992 NBA Finals
1992NBAFinals
TeamCoachWins
Chicago Bulls Phil Jackson 4
Portland Trail Blazers Rick Adelman 2
DatesJune 3–14
MVPMichael Jordan
(Chicago Bulls)
Hall of FamersTrail Blazers:
Clyde Drexler (2004)
Bulls:
Michael Jordan (2009)
Scottie Pippen (2010)
Coaches:
Phil Jackson (2007)
Tex Winter (2011)
Officials:
Dick Bavetta (2015)
Darell Garretson (2016)
Eastern FinalsBulls defeat Cavaliers, 4–2
Western FinalsTrail Blazers defeat Jazz, 4–2

Background

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls won their first NBA championship the previous season, ushering in a new era in the league. Proving that their maiden championship was no fluke, the Bulls continued their dominance in the 1991–92 season, finishing with a 67–15 record, surpassing last season's record by six games. Jordan won his second consecutive MVP award with a 30.1/6.4/6.1 season.

After easily sweeping the Miami Heat in the opening round, they encountered the New York Knicks, who were now coached by Pat Riley. The Knicks' hard-nosed style of play soon took its toll on the Bulls, but led by Jordan, they were able to escape in seven games. Up next were the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals, whom the Bulls had beaten in two prior postseason meetings. Despite facing a much-improved Cavaliers team, the Bulls were still too much to handle, and they won in six games.[3]

With their co-tenants at Chicago Stadium, the Blackhawks, coached by Mike Keenan and captained by Dirk Graham, playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, it was an opportunity for both the Bulls and the Blackhawks to help the city of Chicago become the first city to have both NBA and NHL championships in the same year.[4]

Portland Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers were destined to meet the Bulls the previous year, having won a franchise record 63 games. But the Los Angeles Lakers had other ideas, defeating Portland in six games of the conference finals.

Retaining the same core that led the Blazers to the finals in 1990, the team won the Pacific Division title with a 57–25 record. They took advantage of a weakened Lakers team that lost Magic Johnson to retirement earlier in the season, winning 3–1 in the first round. They followed that up with a five-game defeat of the Phoenix Suns in the second round, before booking another trip to the finals with a six-game elimination of the Utah Jazz in the conference finals.

The 1992 NBA Finals would cement the reputations of both Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler (placing the latter firmly in the former's shadow).

Road to the Finals

Portland Trail Blazers (Western Conference champion) Chicago Bulls (Eastern Conference champion)
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Portland Trail Blazers 57 25 .695
2 y-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 2
3 x-Golden State Warriors 55 27 .671 2
4 x-Phoenix Suns 53 29 .646 4
5 x-San Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 10
6 x-Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573 10
7 x-Los Angeles Clippers 45 37 .549 12
8 x-Los Angeles Lakers 43 39 .524 14
9 Houston Rockets 42 40 .512 15
10 Sacramento Kings 29 53 .354 28
11 Denver Nuggets 24 58 .293 33
12 Dallas Mavericks 22 60 .268 35
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 42
1st seed in the West, 2nd best league record
Regular season
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Chicago Bulls 67 15 .817
2 y-Boston Celtics 51 31 .622 16
3 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 57 25 .695 10
4 x-New York Knicks 51 31 .622 16
5 x-Detroit Pistons 48 34 .585 19
6 x-New Jersey Nets 40 42 .488 27
7 x-Indiana Pacers 40 42 .488 27
8 x-Miami Heat 38 44 .463 29
9 Atlanta Hawks 38 44 .463 29
10 Philadelphia 76ers 35 47 .427 32
11t Milwaukee Bucks 31 51 .378 36
11t Charlotte Hornets 31 51 .378 36
13 Washington Bullets 25 57 .305 42
14 Orlando Magic 21 61 .256 46
1st seed in the East, best league record
Defeated the (8) Los Angeles Lakers, 3–1 First Round Defeated the (8) Miami Heat, 3–0
Defeated the (4) Phoenix Suns, 4–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (4) New York Knicks, 4–3
Defeated the (2) Utah Jazz, 4–2 Conference Finals Defeated the (3) Cleveland Cavaliers, 4–2

Regular season series

The Chicago Bulls won both games in the regular season series:

November 29, 1991
Chicago Bulls 116, Portland Trail Blazers 114 (2OT)
March 1, 1992
Portland Trail Blazers 91, Chicago Bulls 111

Team rosters

Chicago Bulls

1992 Chicago Bulls Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From
PG 10 United States Armstrong, B.J. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1967–09–09 Iowa
C 24 United States Cartwright, Bill 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1957–07–30 San Francisco
PF 54 United States Grant, Horace 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1965–07–04 Clemson
SG 20 United States Hansen, Bobby 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1961–01–18 Iowa
SG 14 United States Hodges, Craig 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1960–06–27 Long Beach State
SG 23 United States Jordan, Michael 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1963–02–17 North Carolina
PF 21 United States King, Stacey 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1967–01–29 Oklahoma
PF 53 United States Levingston, Cliff 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1961–01–04 Wichita State
C 25 United States Nevitt, Chuck 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 1960–02–19 Kansas State
PG 5 United States Paxson, John 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1959–06–13 Notre Dame
C 32 United States Perdue, Will 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1965–08–29 Vanderbilt
SF 33 United States Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1965–09–25 Central Arkansas
PF 52 United States Randall, Mark 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1967–09–30 Kansas
PF 42 United States Williams, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1968–03–21 North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Portland Trail Blazers

1992 Portland Trail Blazers Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From
PF 31 Egypt Abdelnaby, Alaa 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1968–06–24 Duke
SG 9 United States Ainge, Danny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1959–03–17 BYU
PF 2 United States Bryant, Mark 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1965–04–25 Seton Hall
C 42 United States Cooper, Wayne 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1956–11–16 New Orleans
SG 22 United States Drexler, Clyde 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1962–06–22 Houston
C 00 United States Duckworth, Kevin 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1964–04–01 Eastern Illinois
SF 25 United States Kersey, Jerome 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1962–06–26 Longwood
PG 14 United States Pack, Robert 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1969–02–03 Southern California
PG 30 United States Porter, Terry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1963–04–08 UW-Stevens Point
PF 3 United States Robinson, Clifford 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1966–12–16 Connecticut
SG 12 United States Strothers, Lamont 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1968–05–10 Christopher Newport
PG 8 United States Whatley, Ennis 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1962–08–11 Alabama
PF 52 United States Williams, Buck 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1960–03–08 Maryland
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team Local Time
Game 1 Wednesday, June 3 Chicago Bulls 122–89 (1–0) Portland Trail Blazers 8:00pm CDT
Game 2 Friday, June 5 Chicago Bulls 104–115 OT (1–1) Portland Trail Blazers 8:00pm CDT
Game 3 Sunday, June 7 Portland Trail Blazers 84–94 (1–2) Chicago Bulls 4:30pm PDT
Game 4 Wednesday, June 10 Portland Trail Blazers 93–88 (2–2) Chicago Bulls 6:00pm PDT
Game 5 Friday, June 12 Portland Trail Blazers 106–119 (2–3) Chicago Bulls 6:00pm PDT
Game 6 Sunday, June 14 Chicago Bulls 97–93 (4–2) Portland Trail Blazers 6:30pm CDT

Game 1

June 3
9:00et
Portland Trail Blazers 89, Chicago Bulls 122
Scoring by quarter: 30–33, 21–33, 17–38, 21–18
Pts: Drexler, Robinson 16 each
Rebs: Jerome Kersey 7
Asts: Clyde Drexler 7
Pts: Michael Jordan 39
Rebs: Pippen, Williams 9 each
Asts: Michael Jordan 11
Chicago leads the series, 1–0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Attendance: 18,676
Referees:
  • No. 11 Jake O'Donnell
  • No. 42 Hue Hollins
  • No. 27 Dick Bavetta

Michael Jordan dominated from the beginning, breaking the record for most points in a first half in the playoffs once held by Elgin Baylor (Michael had 35, Baylor had 33). This included six first-half threes (also a record). It was after the sixth three-pointer that Jordan turned towards the broadcast table and famously shrugged to indicate his surprise. Jordan's shrug became a highlight reel mainstay. Portland held their final lead at 45–44 in the second quarter before Chicago went on a 22–6 run to grab a 66–51 halftime lead and take control. The Bulls finished with a 122–89 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Game 2

June 5
9:00et
Portland Trail Blazers 115, Chicago Bulls 104 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 31–23, 23–22, 16–32, 27–20, Overtime: 18–7
Pts: Clyde Drexler 26
Rebs: Buck Williams 14
Asts: Clyde Drexler 8
Pts: Michael Jordan 39
Rebs: Horace Grant 12
Asts: Jordan, Pippen 10 each
Series tied, 1–1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Attendance: 18,676
Referees:
  • No. 25 Hugh Evans
  • No. 20 Jess Kersey
  • No. 22 Paul Mihalik

With the Blackhawks playing for the Stanley Cup when the Bulls reached the Finals, Game 2 would have had conflict with Game 6 of the Blackhawks' series, as both teams would have played on the same day at Chicago Stadium.[5] However, the Blackhawks series ended in 4 games, so no rescheduling was needed.

Portland built an eight-point lead in the first quarter, and held a nine-point lead at the half. However, as in Game 1, their lead started to disappear as the Bulls made their run – Jordan would score 14 points while Paxson would score 9 points, taking a seven-point lead by the end of the third quarter. Chicago was looking to take a commanding 2–0 lead in the series when Clyde Drexler fouled out with 4:36 remaining. With the Bulls up by 10, Jordan started to lose his poise, committing a foul and then a technical foul. This would help Portland build a 15–5 run, pushing the game into overtime after Jordan narrowly missed at the buzzer. In overtime, Portland dominated, especially Ainge, who scored six points with one minute remaining as the Blazers won 115–104 – the Bulls' worst home defeat in an NBA Finals game.

Game 3

June 7
7:00et
Chicago Bulls 94, Portland Trail Blazers 84
Scoring by quarter: 34–26, 20–19, 16–15, 24–24
Pts: Michael Jordan 26
Rebs: Grant, Pippen 8 each
Asts: Scottie Pippen 7
Pts: Clyde Drexler 32
Rebs: Jerome Kersey 12
Asts: Terry Porter 4
Chicago leads the series, 2–1
Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 12,888
Referees:
  • No. 4 Ed T. Rush
  • No. 13 Mike Mathis
  • No. 21 Bill Oakes

Chicago had lost home court advantage, but dominated Portland, holding them to numerous franchise playoff lows: 84 points in a game, 39 second-half points and 28 field goals. Chicago would go on a 30–13 run in the first half to gain a 44–30 lead which Portland would cut to three with 7:09 left in the third before the Bulls went to another 12–3 run. Portland would then go on a field goal drought, not scoring from the 4:33 mark in the third quarter until the 9:36 mark of the fourth, a 6:57 stretch.

Game 4

June 10
9:00et
Chicago Bulls 88, Portland Trail Blazers 93
Scoring by quarter: 26–18, 22–27, 21–21, 19–27
Pts: Michael Jordan 32
Rebs: Horace Grant 10
Asts: Jordan, Pippen 6 each
Pts: Drexler, Kersey 21 each
Rebs: Kevin Duckworth 11
Asts: Clyde Drexler 9
Series tied, 2–2
Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 12,888
Referees:
  • No. 10 Darell Garretson
  • No. 17 Joey Crawford
  • No. 27 Dick Bavetta

Portland was still playing as they were during Game 3, not scoring for four minutes and finding themselves down 10–0. The Bulls would be up 22–9 before the Blazers rallied and cut the deficit to three at the half, but found themselves down again in the third quarter. While Jordan scored 13 points in the third quarter, he would not score in the game's final 10:26. Portland would go on a 15–6 run to even the series at two games apiece.

Game 5

June 12
9:00et
Chicago Bulls 119, Portland Trail Blazers 106
Scoring by quarter: 39–26, 27–28, 28–24, 25–28
Pts: Michael Jordan 46
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 11
Asts: Scottie Pippen 9
Pts: Clyde Drexler 30
Rebs: Jerome Kersey 12
Asts: Terry Porter 8
Chicago leads the series, 3–2
Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 12,888
Referees:
  • No. 11 Jake O'Donnell
  • No. 20 Jess Kersey
  • No. 42 Hue Hollins

The Bulls jumped out to a 10–2 lead and never looked back, answering every Blazers comeback attempt with a run of their own. Chicago opened the second half on a 16–8 run to give the Bulls a 20-point lead. Portland didn't pull back within single digits until less than four minutes were left in the game, and ended up losing 119–106.

Michael Jordan, who briefly sat with a bad ankle, finished with 46 points on 14-of-23 from the field and 16-of-19 from the line. Scottie Pippen fell just short of a triple-double, with 24 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Clyde Drexler scored 30 points to lead six Portland players in double figures. However, Portland had 18 turnovers and shot just 43.8 percent from the field, compared to 54.8 percent for the Bulls.

Game 6

June 14
7:30et
Portland Trail Blazers 93, Chicago Bulls 97
Scoring by quarter: 25–19, 25–25, 29–20, 14–33
Pts: Drexler, Kersey 24 each
Rebs: Jerome Kersey 9
Asts: Terry Porter 8
Pts: Michael Jordan 33
Rebs: Scott Williams 8
Asts: Horace Grant 5
Chicago wins the series, 4–2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Attendance: 18,676
Referees:
  • No. 25 Hugh Evans
  • No. 4 Ed T. Rush
  • No. 13 Mike Mathis

Portland started strongly as they held Michael Jordan scoreless for the game's first 11 minutes, and would take a 43–28 lead midway through the second quarter before Chicago went on a 16–7 run and cut the deficit to only six points. Portland also dominated the third quarter, building a 79–64 lead. Phil Jackson would go with four reserves and Scottie Pippen to start the fourth quarter, cutting Portland's lead to three after only three minutes. Jordan returned and had two steals and converted them to hoops to give Chicago a permanent lead. The Bulls' defense would hold Portland to only six points in the final four minutes, leading the Bulls to their second straight championship.

Player statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Chicago Bulls
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
B. J. Armstrong 6 0 17.8 .429 .250 .571 0.8 2.3 0.3 0.0 5.8
Bill Cartwright 6 6 25.2 .500 .000 .500 4.0 1.5 0.5 0.2 6.3
Horace Grant 6 6 37.8 .561 .000 .529 7.8 4.0 0.8 2.3 9.2
Bob Hansen 5 0 8.0 .600 .750 .500 0.4 0.6 0.2 0.0 3.2
Craig Hodges 2 0 3.0 1.000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.0
Michael Jordan 6 6 42.3 .526 .429 .891 4.8 6.5 1.7 0.3 35.8
Stacey King 4 0 12.0 .333 .000 .667 2.5 0.0 0.3 0.3 4.5
Cliff Levingston 6 0 10.8 .450 .000 .500 2.2 0.7 0.2 0.2 3.8
John Paxson 6 6 30.8 .520 .389 .750 0.8 2.7 1.3 0.0 10.3
Will Perdue 3 0 3.3 .333 .000 .000 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7
Scottie Pippen 6 6 40.7 .484 .222 .786 8.3 7.7 1.5 0.7 20.8
Scott Williams 6 0 21.3 .542 .000 .778 6.2 1.0 0.2 1.3 5.5
Portland Trail Blazers
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Alaa Abdelnaby 1 0 6.0 .000 .000 .500 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Danny Ainge 6 0 23.0 .434 .235 .714 2.0 2.5 0.8 0.2 10.0
Mark Bryant 1 0 21.0 .625 .000 .000 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.0
Wayne Cooper 1 0 8.0 .000 .000 .000 2.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.0
Clyde Drexler 6 6 39.7 .407 .150 .893 7.8 5.3 1.3 1.0 24.8
Kevin Duckworth 6 6 27.3 .431 .000 .706 6.8 1.5 0.5 0.7 9.3
Jerome Kersey 6 6 38.0 .481 .000 .733 8.7 3.3 1.8 0.2 14.8
Robert Pack 2 0 8.0 .167 .000 .750 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 2.5
Terry Porter 6 6 43.8 .471 .231 .824 4.3 4.7 1.0 0.3 16.2
Cliff Robinson 6 0 24.3 .442 .000 .593 3.0 2.2 0.8 0.7 10.3
Ennis Whatley 5 0 5.2 .286 .000 .000 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.0 0.8
Buck Williams 6 6 35.2 .500 .000 .938 7.3 1.0 0.8 0.5 7.8

Media coverage

NBC Sports used commentator Ahmad Rashād (both teams' sidelines).

Just months later, the 1991–92 NBA season documentary Untouchabulls was released. Narrated by Hal Douglas, it recaps the Bulls' championship season. "Jam" by Michael Jackson was used as the theme song for the documentary. That same year, Jordan was featured in Jackson's music video for "Jam".

Aftermath

The Bulls won their third straight championship in the 1992–93 season, winning 57 games and defeating the Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals. In the offseason that preceded Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen played for the Dream Team that won the gold medal in the Barcelona Olympics, making them the first players to win NBA championship and Olympic gold medal in the same year (Pippen would achieve this feat again in 1996). That team also included Blazers guard Clyde Drexler. This made Jordan, Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks and Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors the only players to have won Olympic gold medals as both amateurs and professionals, having played for Team USA in Los Angeles.[6][7]

The 1992 Finals would prove the Blazers' last Finals appearance as of the 2018–19 season. In the next three seasons, the Blazers rebuilt the team, hiring general manager Bob Whitsitt in 1994 and lost the core of their 1992 Finals team to free agency and trades, beginning with Kevin Duckworth's departure to the Bullets in the 1993 offseason. The last remaining piece of the team, Clyde Drexler, was traded and went on to win the NBA championship with the Houston Rockets in 1995.

The 1991–92 Bulls, along with the 1995–96 Bulls, were named one of the 10 greatest teams in NBA history during the league's golden anniversary.

The 1992 championship marked the only time the Bulls celebrated their title at the Chicago Stadium. Following the awarding ceremony by commissioner David Stern, they returned to the court to show their newly-won title in front of Bulls fans. This act eventually led to Stern's decision to present the NBA championship to the winning team at center court in front of the fans, starting in 1994; the only exception was when the Lakers won in 2001 at Philadelphia's First Union Center, but decided to hold the ceremony in their locker room. Two other home championship celebrations followed in the 1996 and 1997 Finals, this time at the similarly-constructed but bigger United Center.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Brown, Clifton (May 30, 1992). "It's Bulls Against Blazers As Jordan Rules Again". The New York Times. p. 27.
  2. ^ "Clyde Drexler, now no worse than the NBA's No. 2 player". Sports Illustrated. May 11, 1992.
  3. ^ Isaacson, Melissa (May 30, 1992). "Bulls clinch on Jordan's late revival". The Chicago Tribune. p. Sports.1.
  4. ^ Wilbon, Michael (May 27, 1992). "Chicago's the Winning City With Blackhawks and Bulls". The Washington Post. p. B03. Certainly you've wondered by now how many times teams from the same city have won NBA and NHL championships in the same season. None...This will be the first. Chicago: City of Champions.
  5. ^ Kiley, Mike (May 27, 1992). "If necessary, Game 6 may be pushed back". The Chicago Tribune. p. Sports.8. The Blackhawks may have to reschedule Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals because of a possible Chicago Stadium conflict with the Bulls. If Game 6, scheduled for Friday, June 5, remains necessary in the best-of-seven series against Pittsburgh, it may be pushed back a day...The Bulls are scheduled to play Game 2 of the championship series in the Stadium on June 5.
  6. ^ "Games of the XXV Olympiad – 1992". USA Basketball Inc. Archived from the original on July 18, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "Games of the XXIII Olympiad – 1984". USA Basketball, Inc. Archived from the original on July 16, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2009.

External links

1965 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

The 1965 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 23 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 8, 1965, and ended with the championship game on March 20 in Portland, Oregon. A total of 27 games were played, including a third-place game in each region and a national third-place game.

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with a 91–80 victory in the final game over Michigan, coached by Dave Strack. Bill Bradley of Princeton was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

UCLA finished the season with 28 wins and two defeats. In the championship game, the Bruins shot 56.9% with Gail Goodrich's 42 points and Kenny Washington's 17 points to become the fifth team to win consecutive championships.Of note, this was the last NCAA Tournament for Henry Iba of Oklahoma State.

1977 NBA Finals

The 1977 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1976–77 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs. The Western Conference champion Portland Trail Blazers played against the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers, with the 76ers holding home-court advantage. Their four regular season meetings had been split evenly, 2–2, with neither side winning away from home. The series was played under a best-of-seven format.

The 1976–77 NBA season started with the ABA–NBA merger. Portland had benefited from the resulting ABA dispersal draft as they acquired Spirits of St. Louis power forward Maurice Lucas to partner with Bill Walton, and Philadelphia had signed ABA All-Star and 3-time ABA MVP Julius "Dr. J" Erving, who had taken the New York Nets to the ABA title the previous year. In the 1977 NBA Finals, five of the ten starting players were former ABA players (Julius Erving, Caldwell Jones, George McGinnis, Dave Twardzik, and Maurice Lucas.).While it was no surprise that Philadelphia had made it to the championship series, having posted the best record in the east (50-32, #1), Portland's appearance in the finals was a mild surprise. Portland, a team that was founded only seven years earlier, was making its playoff debut with its first winning season (49-33, #3). It was also making its finals debut after sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in four close games in the Western Conference Finals.

The series started 2-0 in favor of Philadelphia, but over the next four games, Portland mounted a comeback that has rarely been seen in professional sports.

1990 NBA Finals

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The Pistons became just the third franchise in NBA history to win back-to-back championships, joining the Lakers and Celtics.

1991–92 Chicago Bulls season

The 1991–92 NBA season was the Bulls' 26th season in the National Basketball Association. The Bulls entered the season as defending NBA champions, having defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals in five games, and winning their first NBA championship in franchise history. This Bulls team is regarded as one of the most talented and successful in the 90s Bulls dynasty. Early into the season, the Bulls traded Dennis Hopson to the Sacramento Kings after the first two games. Coming off their first ever championship, the Bulls had a very successful season winning 14 consecutive games after a 1–2 start to the season. They later on posted a 13-game winning streak in January, which led them to a 37–5 start. The Bulls finished in first place in the Central Division, along with having the best record in the league at 67–15. Michael Jordan captured his second straight MVP, and sixth straight scoring title. He was also selected for the 1992 NBA All-Star Game along with Scottie Pippen.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls swept the Miami Heat in three straight games. In the semifinals, they defeated the New York Knicks in a full seven game series. As they advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, they would defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games, making their second trip to the Finals. In the 1992 NBA Finals, they would go on to beat the Portland Trail Blazers four games to two to win their second consecutive championship, and second of three straight.

1992 in basketball

The following are the basketball events of the year 1992 throughout the world.

1992–93 Chicago Bulls season

The 1992–93 NBA season was the Bulls' 27th season in the National Basketball Association. The Bulls entered the season as the back-to-back defending NBA champions, having defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1992 NBA Finals in six games, winning their second NBA championship. After two straight championships, the Bulls would yet again have another successful season finishing in first place in the Central Division, and second overall in the Eastern Conference with a 57–25 record. They also advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fifth consecutive season, becoming the first team since the 1987–88 Boston Celtics to do so. Michael Jordan once again led the league in scoring with 32.6 points per game, and was selected for the 1993 NBA All-Star Game along with Scottie Pippen.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls swept the Atlanta Hawks in three straight games. In the semifinals, they swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in four straight games. Then after losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals to the top-seeded New York Knicks, the Bulls would win the next four games of the series. Then they would then go on to win their third consecutive NBA championship, defeating regular season MVP Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns in six games in the 1993 NBA Finals. This was the last title the Bulls won while playing at Chicago Stadium. Chicago's offseason was also marked by Jordan's sudden retirement.

1992–93 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 1992–93 NBA season was the 23rd season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association. The Trail Blazers entered the season as runner-ups in the 1992 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls in six games. In the offseason, the Blazers signed free agents Rod Strickland and Mario Elie. The Blazers got off to a fast start winning their first eight games of the season. However, Clyde Drexler played just 49 games due to knee and hamstring injuries, as he led the team with 19.9 points per game. The Blazers finished the season with a 51–31 record, third in the Pacific Division and fourth in the Western Conference. It was their 11th straight trip to the postseason. Clifford Robinson was named Sixth Man of The Year averaging 19.1 points per game off the bench, and Terry Porter was selected for the 1993 NBA All-Star Game along with Drexler.

However, the Blazers were unable to follow the previous season's run to the NBA Finals, as they fell to the 5th-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, 3–1. Following the season, Kevin Duckworth was traded to the Washington Bullets, and Elie was dealt to the Houston Rockets.

1993 NBA Finals

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. Remarkably, the road team won every game except for Chicago's win at home in Game 4.

2007 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2007 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place March 2–5, 2007 at the Chiles Center on the campus of the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. The semifinals were televised by ESPN2, and the championship game was televised by ESPN.

The top seed, Gonzaga, won the tournament for the fourth straight season, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 9th straight time..

Bob Hansen

Robert Louis Hansen II (born January 18, 1961) is an American former professional basketball player. A 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) guard, he played nine seasons (1983–1992) in the National Basketball Association. Hansen is currently a commentator for Iowa Hawkeyes basketball broadcasts.

Bulls vs. Blazers and the NBA Playoffs

Bulls vs. Blazers and the NBA Playoffs, later released in Japan as NBA Pro Basketball: Bulls vs Blazers and the NBA Playoffs, is a 1992 basketball video game developed by Electronic Arts and released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. A later Mega Drive version was released under the title Bulls versus Blazers and the NBA Playoffs, later released in Japan as NBA Playoffs: Bulls vs Blazers.

The game is the sequel to Bulls vs Lakers and the NBA Playoffs. Like its predecessor, the game's title refers to the previous season's NBA championship series, the 1992 NBA Finals match-up between the Chicago Bulls and Portland Trail Blazers.

It is the first EA basketball game to feature in-game advertisements featuring the company's "EA Sports" logo.

Chicago Bulls Championship riots

Mass rioting and looting occurred in Chicago, Illinois in the immediate aftermath of the Chicago Bulls winning six NBA Championships in the 1990s.

Clyde Drexler

Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player who is the commissioner of the Big3 3-on-3 basketball league. Nicknamed "Clyde the Glide", he played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), spending a majority of his career with the Portland Trail Blazers before finishing with the Houston Rockets. He was a ten-time NBA All-Star and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Drexler won an NBA championship with Houston in 1995, and earned a gold medal on the 1992 United States Olympic team known as "The Dream Team". He was inducted twice into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in 2004 for his individual career and in 2010 as a member of the "Dream Team". He currently serves as a color commentator for Houston Rockets home games.

Kevin Duckworth

Kevin James Duckworth (April 1, 1964 – August 25, 2008) was an American professional basketball player at center in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Illinois, he played college basketball at Eastern Illinois University before being drafted in 1986 in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs. Before completing his rookie season with the Spurs, he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers where he spent most of his six seasons and was named the NBA's Most Improved Player and a two-time All-Star. After playing with three more teams he retired in 1997 and returned to Oregon where he would later work for the Trail Blazers' organization.

Mark Bryant (basketball)

Mark Craig Bryant (born April 25, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball player who was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (21st overall pick) of the 1988 NBA draft. Bryant played for 10 NBA teams during his career, averaging 5.4 ppg and appeared in the 1990 and 1992 NBA Finals as a member of the Blazers. He played collegiately at Seton Hall University. He is currently an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns.

In the 1995–96 NBA season with the Houston Rockets, he averaged 8.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg while playing 71 games. The next season, Bryant averaged career-high averages of 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game with the Phoenix Suns while playing 41 regular season games that season.

Bryant first became an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2004–05 season. He then was an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic from 2005 to 2007. Bryant also became an assistant coach for the Seattle SuperSonics during their last official season in the league before the team moved to Oklahoma City to become the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bryant remained an assistant coach for the Thunder through the end of the 2018–19 NBA season. Before the start of the 2019–20 NBA season, Bryant was hired as assistant coach by the Phoenix Suns, returning to the franchise where he played as a player to join new Head Coach Monty Williams' staff.Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Bryant grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, and attended Columbia High School.Bryant was one of the first players in NBA history to complete the Texas Triple, as he was a member of all three of the state's NBA franchises.

Portland Marathon

The Portland Marathon is an annual sporting event which takes place on the first Sunday of October in Portland, Oregon. The race consists of a full marathon as well as a half marathon.

The race has been held annually since 1972 and is one of the longest-running consecutive marathons in the United States. The inaugural race was held on Sauvie Island and attracted 86 participants. In more recent years the field has reached over 10,000 runners.

The race route underwent various alterations in the 1970s and 1980s before solidifying on a course that traveled clockwise from downtown Portland to the St. Johns Bridge via Highway 30, and then down the bluff on Willamette Blvd before finishing back in the downtown area.

Following a misconduct investigation in 2018 by the Oregon Department of Justice related to long-time race management personnel, the City of Portland issued a Request for Proposals to solicit a new race production firm to take over management of the event. In January 2019 the City selected Brooksee LLC, producers of the REVEL Race Series, as the new managers of the race.

The 2019 event will feature an entirely revised route, starting and ending at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park at Salmon St & Naito Pkwy, and featuring several bridge crossings and multiple iconic landmarks in Portland.

The men's course record of 2:17:21 hours was set by German runner Uli Steidl in 1997. Japan's Hiromi Yokoyama holds the women's course record with her time of 2:36:40 hours from 1991. The oldest finisher was Mavis Lingren at age 90 in 1997.

Second Generation (advertisement)

"Second Generation" is a 2006 television advertisement introducing Nike's Air Jordan XXI brand of basketball shoes. The ad depicts signature moves from Michael Jordan's NBA career, recreated in the present day by twelve young basketball players around the world. Included are moments from the 1989, 1991, 1992, and 1998 NBA playoffs and the iconic 1988 slam dunk.

The ad was produced by Smuggler and directed by Brian Beletic for the advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. Casting began in November 2005, filming took place in January 2006, and the ad debuted on television that February. Advertising publications gave favorable reviews to "Second Generation", although it did not win major awards.

The ad is also listed as "2nd Generation"; its tagline is "Let your game speak".

Tayshaun Prince

Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball executive and former player. The 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) small forward graduated from Dominguez High School before playing college basketball for the University of Kentucky. He was drafted 23rd overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2002 NBA draft and went on to win a championship with the team in 2004.

Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Portland, Oregon)

The Veterans Memorial Coliseum (originally known as the Memorial Coliseum) is an indoor arena located in the oldest part of the Rose Quarter area in Portland, Oregon. The arena is the home of the Portland Winterhawks, a major junior ice hockey team, and was the original home of the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. It has been included on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its architectural significance.

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