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.

1993 NBA Finals
1993NBAFinals
TeamCoachWins
Chicago Bulls Phil Jackson 4
Phoenix Suns Paul Westphal 2
DatesJune 9–20
MVPMichael Jordan
(Chicago Bulls)
Hall of Famers
Eastern FinalsBulls defeat Knicks, 4–2
Western FinalsSuns defeat SuperSonics, 4–3

Background

Chicago Bulls

With two consecutive NBA championships, the Bulls aimed at an elusive 'three-peat'. No team had won a third consecutive NBA title since the Boston Celtics achieved a run of eight titles in a row from 1959 to 1966.

In the offseason, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen played for the Dream Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, winning the gold medal. They entered the new season with little rest, but it did not stop both Jordan and Pippen from leading the Bulls to a 57–25 record, good for second in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago began its push for a 'three-peat' with back-to-back sweeps of the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. But against the top-seeded New York Knicks, the Bulls fell behind 2–0, before winning the next two games in Chicago, tying the series. In a crucial Game 5 at Madison Square Garden, the Bulls stole a rare road victory, aided by an array of blocks on Charles Smith in the final seconds, before wrapping up the series in Game 6 at Chicago Stadium.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns were a team on the rise, led by their All-Star point guard Kevin Johnson. Johnson arrived via trade in 1988, and propelled the Suns to two consecutive trips to the conference finals in his first two full seasons.

In the 1992 offseason, the Suns made a blockbuster trade, acquiring Charles Barkley from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang. They also hired Paul Westphal as head coach, unveiled new logos and uniforms, and moved to the brand new America West Arena from the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Suns made the most of these moves, winning a franchise record 62 games. Barkley's efforts won him the MVP award. In the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, the Suns eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. In the second round the Suns defeated the San Antonio Spurs in six games, and were again pushed to a decisive game seven by the Seattle SuperSonics before ultimately winning the conference finals. For the Suns, it was their first NBA finals appearance since 1976 and second overall.

Road to the Finals

Phoenix Suns (Western Conference champion) Chicago Bulls (Eastern Conference champion)
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Phoenix Suns 62 20 .756
2 y-Houston Rockets 55 27 .671 7
3 x-Seattle SuperSonics 55 27 .671 7
4 x-Portland Trail Blazers 51 31 .622 11
5 x-San Antonio Spurs 49 33 .598 13
6 x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 18
7 x-Los Angeles Clippers 41 41 .500 21
8 x-Los Angeles Lakers 39 43 .476 23
9 Denver Nuggets 36 46 .439 26
10 Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28
11 Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 37
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 19 63 .232 43
13 Dallas Mavericks 11 71 .134 51
1st seed in the West, best league record
Regular season
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-New York Knicks 60 22 .732
2 y-Chicago Bulls 57 25 .695 3
3 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 54 28 .659 6
4 x-Boston Celtics 48 34 .585 12
5 x-Charlotte Hornets 44 38 .537 16
6 x-New Jersey Nets 43 39 .524 17
7 x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 17
8 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 19
9 Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 19
10 Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488 20
11 Miami Heat 36 46 .439 24
12 Milwaukee Bucks 28 54 .341 32
13 Philadelphia 76ers 26 56 .317 36
14 Washington Bullets 22 60 .268 38
2nd seed in the East, 3rd best league record
Defeated the (8) Los Angeles Lakers, 3–2 First Round Defeated the (7) Atlanta Hawks, 3–0
Defeated the (5) San Antonio Spurs, 4–2 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (3) Cleveland Cavaliers, 4–0
Defeated the (3) Seattle SuperSonics, 4–3 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) New York Knicks, 4–2

Regular season series

Both teams split the two meetings, each won by the road team:

November 22, 1992
Chicago Bulls 128, Phoenix Suns 111
March 30, 1993
Phoenix Suns 113, Chicago Bulls 109

Team rosters

Chicago Bulls

1993 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 23 United States Jordan, Michael (C) 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
SF 22 United States McCray, Rodney 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1961–08–29 Louisville
PF 45 United States Nealy, Ed 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1960–02–19 Kansas State
PG 5 United States Paxson, John 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1960–09–29 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
SG 6 United States Tucker, Trent 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1959–12–20 Minnesota
SG 20 United States Walker, Darrell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1961–03–09 Arkansas
PG 12 United States Williams, Corey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1970–04–24 Oklahoma State
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

Phoenix Suns

1993 Phoenix Suns Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From
SG 22 United States Ainge, Danny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1959–03–17 BYU
PF 34 United States Barkley, Charles (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 252 lb (114 kg) 1963–02–20 Auburn
SF 23 United States Ceballos, Cedric 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1969–08–02 Cal State Fullerton
PF 24 United States Chambers, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1959–06–21 Utah
SF 21 United States Dumas, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1969–05–19 Oklahoma State
PG 3 United States Johnson, Frank 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1958–11–23 Wake Forest
PG 7 United States Johnson, Kevin 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1966–03–04 California
C 8 United States Kempton, Tim 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1964–01–25 Notre Dame
PG 32 United States Knight, Negele 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1967–03–06 Dayton
SG 9 United States Majerle, Dan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1965–09–09 Central Michigan
C 25 United States Miller, Oliver 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) 1970–04–06 Arkansas
PF 0 United States Mustaf, Jerrod 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1969–10–28 Maryland
C 41 United States West, Mark 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1960–11–05 Old Dominion
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 9 Phoenix Suns 92–100 (0–1) Chicago Bulls 6:00pm MST
Game 2 Friday, June 11 Phoenix Suns 108–111 (0–2) Chicago Bulls 6:00pm MST
Game 3 Sunday, June 13 Chicago Bulls 121–129 3OT (2–1) Phoenix Suns 6:30pm CDT
Game 4 Wednesday, June 16 Chicago Bulls 111–105 (3–1) Phoenix Suns 8:00pm CDT
Game 5 Friday, June 18 Chicago Bulls 98–108 (3–2) Phoenix Suns 8:00pm CDT
Game 6 Sunday, June 20 Phoenix Suns 98–99 (2–4) Chicago Bulls 4:30pm MST

Game 1

June 9
9:00et
Chicago Bulls 100, Phoenix Suns 92
Scoring by quarter: 34–20, 18–21, 21–28, 27–23
Pts: Michael Jordan 31
Rebs: Scott Williams 10
Asts: Armstrong, Grant, Jordan, Pippen 5 each
Pts: Charles Barkley 21
Rebs: Richard Dumas 12
Asts: Charles Barkley 5
Chicago leads the series, 1–0
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees:
  • No. 25 Hugh Evans
  • No. 20 Jess Kersey
  • No. 42 Hue Hollins

Phoenix displayed an introduction animation in the vein of Chicago's well-known intro animation, set to the same song, before the game, which was remarked upon by the commentators. Before the game a moment of silence was observed in memory of New Jersey Nets guard Dražen Petrović, who had been killed in a car accident two days earlier.

Game 2

June 11
9:00et
Chicago Bulls 111, Phoenix Suns 108
Scoring by quarter: 28–29, 31–24, 28–31, 24–24
Pts: Michael Jordan 42
Rebs: Grant, Pippen 12 each
Asts: Scottie Pippen 12
Pts: Charles Barkley 42
Rebs: Charles Barkley 13
Asts: Kevin Johnson 7
Chicago leads the series, 2–0
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees:
  • No. 11 Jake O'Donnell
  • No. 17 Joey Crawford
  • No. 14 Jack Madden

Both teams were locked in battle throughout the first half until Chicago took over in the 2nd quarter, shooting with a higher shooting percentage. In the second half, the Suns began to pressure the Bulls, but late in the 4th quarter with time running out, it came down to a battle of determination. Scottie Pippen blocked Danny Ainge's 3-point attempt to seal the win and Phoenix became the first team to lose their home-court advantage twice in the first two games of the NBA Finals.

Game 3

June 13
7:00et
Phoenix Suns 129, Chicago Bulls 121 (3OT)
Scoring by quarter: 29–29, 29–28, 28–28, 17–18, Overtime: 26–18
Pts: Dan Majerle 28
Rebs: Charles Barkley 19
Asts: Kevin Johnson 9
Pts: Michael Jordan 44
Rebs: Horace Grant 17
Asts: Scottie Pippen 9
Chicago leads the series, 2–1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Attendance: 18,676
Referees:
  • No. 10 Darell Garretson
  • No. 13 Mike Mathis
  • No. 27 Dick Bavetta

The Phoenix Suns won Game 3 in triple overtime, 129–121. Suns Head Coach Paul Westphal became the only person to appear in two triple-overtime finals games: the first was the classic 1976 Game 5 contest against Boston as a player. His Suns also became the only team to appear in two triple-overtime finals games, the first of which they lost 126–128. Westphal made a surprising move that paid off, helping to get Kevin Johnson back on track after Johnson had two terrible performances in Games 1 and 2, by having him guard Michael Jordan. KJ played much better all-around basketball for the rest of the Finals.

Suns: Kevin Johnson 25, Dan Majerle 28, Charles Barkley 24, Mark West 11, Richard Dumas 17, Danny Ainge 10, Tom Chambers 12, Oliver Miller 2, Frank Johnson 0, Jerrod Mustaf 0

Bulls: B.J. Armstrong 21, Michael Jordan 44, Scottie Pippen 26, Horace Grant 13, Bill Cartwright 8, Scott Williams 4, Trent Tucker 3, Stacey King 0, John Paxson 2, Darrell Walker 0

Game 4

June 16
9:00et
Phoenix Suns 105, Chicago Bulls 111
Scoring by quarter: 27–31, 31–30, 23–25, 24–25
Pts: Charles Barkley 32
Rebs: Charles Barkley 12
Asts: Charles Barkley 10
Pts: Michael Jordan 55
Rebs: Horace Grant 16
Asts: Scottie Pippen 10
Chicago leads the series, 3–1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Attendance: 18,676
Referees:
  • No. 25 Hugh Evans
  • No. 4 Ed T. Rush
  • No. 21 Bill Oakes

In Game 4, Michael Jordan was unstoppable, scoring 55 points at Chicago Stadium and making a tough driving layup late in the game while getting fouled. The Bulls won 111–105. Scott Williams, who like MJ played his college basketball at UNC for Dean Smith, joked afterwards about "being proud that the two former Tar Heels combined for 57 points."

Suns: Charles Barkley 32, Dan Majerle 14, Kevin Johnson 19, Richard Dumas 17, Mark West 8, Tom Chambers 7, Danny Ainge 2, Oliver Miller 2, Frank Johnson 4

Bulls: Michael Jordan 55, Scottie Pippen 14, Horace Grant 17, B.J. Armstrong 11, Bill Cartwright 3, John Paxson 6, Scott Williams 2, Stacey King 3, Rodney McCray 0, Darrell Walker 0, Trent Tucker 0

Game 5

June 18
9:00et
Phoenix Suns 108, Chicago Bulls 98
Scoring by quarter: 33–21, 21–28, 26–24, 28–25
Pts: Johnson, Dumas 25 each
Rebs: Dan Majerle 12
Asts: Kevin Johnson 8
Pts: Michael Jordan 41
Rebs: Grant, Jordan 7 each
Asts: Michael Jordan 7
Chicago leads the series, 3–2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Attendance: 18,676
Referees:
  • No. 11 Jake O'Donnell
  • No. 17 Joey Crawford
  • No. 20 Jess Kersey

Before Game 5, Charles Barkley told the press he had announced to his teammates that they needed to win to "Save the City", a reference to the riots anticipated in Chicago if the Bulls won the championship at home. Both Paul Westphal and Kevin Johnson later expressed amusement about Barkley taking credit for the line because Westphal had made a tongue-in-cheek comment to that effect in a pregame meeting.

The Suns won 108–98 and headed home for Game 6 down 3–2.

Suns: Dan Majerle 11, Charles Barkley 24, Kevin Johnson 25, Mark West 5, Richard Dumas 25, Danny Ainge 8, Oliver Miller 8, Frank Johnson 2, Tom Chambers 0, Jerrod Mustaf 0

Bulls: Michael Jordan 41, Scottie Pippen 22, Horace Grant 1, B.J. Armstrong 7, Bill Cartwright 2, John Paxson 12, Scott Williams 4, Stacey King 4, Will Perdue 0, Trent Tucker 5, Darrell Walker 0

Game 6

June 20
7:30et
Chicago Bulls 99, Phoenix Suns 98
Scoring by quarter: 37–28, 19–23, 31–28, 12–19
Pts: Michael Jordan 33
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 12
Asts: Michael Jordan 7
Pts: Barkley, Majerle 21 each
Rebs: Charles Barkley 17
Asts: Kevin Johnson 10
Chicago wins the series, 4–2
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees:
  • No. 10 Darell Garretson
  • No. 4 Ed T. Rush
  • No. 13 Mike Mathis

The Bulls got off to a good start in Game 6 but struggled in the fourth quarter, squandering a double-digit lead to trail 98–94. Michael Jordan made a layup to cut the lead to 2 points, and Dan Majerle's 30-foot three-pointer fell short on the Suns' next possession. Trailing 98–96 and playing a Game 7 on the road if they lost that day, Chicago ran a play that Phil Jackson called "Blind Pig" that had them increasing the play's "thrust" by bringing the ball from 3/4 back of the basket. Although Westphal's sole instruction on the play was for none of the players to double-team any of the Bulls (even Michael Jordan), Danny Ainge left John Paxson to try and either steal the ball or foul Horace Grant, who had missed all five of his shot attempts in the game and wasn't a good crunch-time free throw shooter. Grant saw Paxson alone 25 feet from the basket and fired a perfect pass, and Paxson then made a three pointer with 3.9 seconds left, giving the Bulls a 99–98 lead. Paxson's three-point field goal was the only score by any Bulls player other than Michael Jordan in the entire fourth quarter. The victory was secured by a last-second block from Grant on Kevin Johnson.

Bulls: Michael Jordan 33, Scottie Pippen 23, B.J. Armstrong 18, Horace Grant 1, Bill Cartwright 2, John Paxson 8, Scott Williams 5, Trent Tucker 9, Stacey King 0

Suns: Dan Majerle 21, Kevin Johnson 19, Charles Barkley 21, Richard Dumas 8, Mark West 4, Tom Chambers 12, Danny Ainge 9, Oliver Miller 4, Frank Johnson 0

Michael Jordan, who averaged a Finals-record 41.0 PPG during the six-game series, became the first player in NBA history to win three straight Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards. He joined Magic Johnson as the only other player to win the award three times. The NBA started awarding the Finals MVP in 1969.

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 6 41.8 .508 .526 1.000 1.8 5.0 0.8 0.2 13.5
Bill Cartwright 6 6 21.3 .400 .000 .500 3.2 1.7 0.5 0.2 4.3
Horace Grant 6 6 38.8 .528 .000 .579 10.3 2.3 1.5 1.5 11.2
Michael Jordan 6 6 45.7 .508 .400 .694 8.5 6.3 1.7 0.7 41.0
Stacey King 6 0 8.2 .273 .000 .875 1.3 0.5 0.3 0.2 2.2
Rodney McCray 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
John Paxson 6 0 16.0 .619 .643 .000 1.5 0.8 0.5 0.2 5.8
Will Perdue 1 0 9.0 .000 .000 .000 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Scottie Pippen 6 6 44.3 .439 .000 .543 9.2 7.7 2.0 1.0 21.2
Trent Tucker 6 0 6.8 .700 .600 .000 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.0 2.8
Darrell Walker 3 0 1.7 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
Scott Williams 6 0 26.5 .406 .000 .286 6.3 1.7 0.5 1.5 4.7
Phoenix Suns
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Danny Ainge 6 0 27.0 .475 .667 .778 3.0 2.5 0.3 0.0 8.8
Charles Barkley 6 6 46.2 .476 .250 .750 13.0 5.5 1.2 0.5 27.3
Tom Chambers 6 0 15.3 .359 .000 .800 3.0 0.5 0.2 0.5 6.7
Richard Dumas 6 6 26.7 .571 .000 .778 4.3 1.0 1.3 1.0 15.8
Frank Johnson 6 0 7.3 .412 .000 1.000 0.3 0.8 0.5 0.0 3.0
Kevin Johnson 6 6 43.3 .421 .000 .920 3.0 6.5 1.3 0.3 17.2
Dan Majerle 6 6 46.8 .443 .436 .800 8.2 3.7 1.3 2.2 17.2
Oliver Miller 6 0 17.8 .444 .000 .750 4.2 1.3 0.7 2.0 5.0
Jerrod Mustaf 2 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Mark West 6 6 21.7 .619 .000 .533 4.3 0.7 0.0 1.2 5.7

Media coverage

This series was aired on NBC with Marv Albert, Bob Costas (hosts), Mike Fratello, Magic Johnson, Quinn Buckner (analysts), Ahmad Rashād (Bulls sideline) and Hannah Storm (Suns sideline) (reporters) calling the action.

The 1993 NBA championship documentary, Three-Peat, marked the first time since 1982 that NBA Entertainment used film in on-court or off-court action, although most of it used videotape. It was narrated by Hal Douglas, who narrated the NBA Championship documentaries of 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.

Aftermath

A month after the Bulls' third straight championship, Michael Jordan's father, James R. Jordan, Sr., was murdered. Distraught by the murder of his father, Jordan announced his retirement from basketball a few weeks before the 1993–94 NBA season began, citing a loss of desire to play basketball. Even without Jordan, the Bulls still managed to win 55 games behind the All-Star efforts of Scottie Pippen; however the loss of Jordan was steep to overcome, and following a controversial call that gave the New York Knicks a win in Game 5, the Bulls lost to Knicks in the conference semi-finals of the 1994 NBA Playoffs in Game 7. Jordan returned from retirement in March 1995, following a brief baseball career and made the 1995 NBA Playoffs, losing to the Orlando Magic in six games.

The Phoenix Suns finished with 56 wins in the 1993–94 season, but were eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston Rockets after leading 2–0 in the Western Conference semifinals. The following year, Phoenix took a commanding 3–1 lead against a sixth-Seeded Houston team only to lose again, losing Games 5 and 7 on their home court, the last of which was decided on a 3-pointer by Mario Elie and an ensuing free throw session. The Rockets went on to win both the 1994 and 1995 NBA Finals. As of the 2018–19 season, this remains the Suns' last Finals appearance. In a last-ditch attempt to win a championship, Barkley was soon traded to the Rockets in 1996 for Sam Cassell, Robert Horry and Chucky Brown. Despite forming a "Big Three" with Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, the Rockets failed to make the NBA Finals in Barkley's four seasons. The 1993 Finals was the only appearance of Charles Barkley's Hall of Fame career.

See also

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1980–81 Utah Utes men's basketball team

The 1980-81 Utah Utes men's basketball team represented the University of Utah in the 1980-81 season. Head coach Jerry Pimm, and Senior star Tom Chambers would lead the Utes to a Western Athletic Conference championship and the sweet sixteen of the NCAA tournament in the best season the Utes would have under Pimm. Chambers would eventually enter the NBA Draft, being drafted by the San Diego (Now Los Angeles) Clippers. He would go on to play for several NBA teams in his career, most notably the Phoenix Suns, with whom he would make an appearance in the 1993 NBA Finals; and the Utah Jazz.

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.

1993 in basketball

The following are the basketball events of the year 1993 throughout the world.

1993–94 Chicago Bulls season

The 1993–94 NBA season was the Bulls' 28th season in the National Basketball Association. The Bulls entered the season as the three time defending NBA champions, having defeated the Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals in six games, winning their third NBA championship, their first of two threepeats in the 1990s.

In the offseason, the Bulls signed free agents Steve Kerr, Bill Wennington and Pete Myers. Without star guard Michael Jordan, who retired during the offseason, the Bulls were now led by Scottie Pippen. The team continued to play solid basketball winning ten straight games after an 8–8 start. Midway through the season, they traded Stacey King to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Luc Longley. The Bulls posted another 10-game winning streak between March and April finishing second overall in the Central Division, and third overall in the Eastern Conference with a 55–27 record. However, they would not be able to win a fourth consecutive NBA championship. After sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in three straight games in the first round, they would lose in the second round of the 1994 NBA Playoffs to the New York Knicks in seven games.This was also the Bulls' last season at Chicago Stadium before moving to the new United Center. Following the season, Horace Grant signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic, Bill Cartwright signed with the Seattle SuperSonics, Scott Williams signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, and John Paxson retired.

1995–96 Phoenix Suns season

The 1995–96 NBA season was the 28th season for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Suns acquired Hot Rod Williams from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Head coach Paul Westphal, who had led the Suns to the 1993 NBA Finals, went 14–19 before being replaced by Cotton Fitzsimmons, who would come on to coach in his third stint with the Suns. They finished fourth in the Pacific Division, and seventh in the Western Conference with a 41–41 record. The Suns were eliminated from the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs, three games to one, in the Western Conference first round. All home games were played at America West Arena. They were one of the nine teams to defeat the 72–10 Chicago Bulls.

Charles Barkley led the Suns for the fourth consecutive year in both points and rebounds, averaging 23.2 and 11.6 on the season. Point guard Kevin Johnson again led the team in assists, averaging 9.2 per game to go with his 18.7 points per game. Michael Finley, a rookie from Wisconsin, who appeared in all 82 regular season games, was third in scoring, averaging 15 points per game, 39.2 minutes per game, and was later named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Despite playing all 82 games, Finley suffered an ankle injury on the final day of the regular season, and did not play in any of the Suns' playoffs games.Barkley made his 10th consecutive All-Star Game. The power forward, who had turned 33 years of age during the season, made his 11th All-NBA Team, appearing as a selection on the Third Team. It was the first time in Barkley's career he had not been selected to the First or Second Team. Following the season, Barkley was traded to the Houston Rockets, and Elliot Perry was dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks.

2001–02 Phoenix Suns season

The 2001–02 NBA season was the 34th season for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Suns would acquire All-Star point guard Stephon Marbury from the New Jersey Nets, and re-sign former Suns guard Dan Majerle, who was a member of the team when they appeared in the 1993 NBA Finals. The team played around .500 for the first half of the season as head coach Scott Skiles struggled to a 25–26 record, and was replaced by former Suns guard Frank Johnson. The Suns posted a six-game losing streak in March and lost eight of their final eleven games, finishing the regular season at 36–46, and missing the playoffs for the first time since 1988. All home games were played at America West Arena.

Marbury would lead the team in scoring at 20.4 points per game, becoming the first Suns player to average 20 or more a game since Kevin Johnson during the 1996–97 season. Shawn Marion increased his scoring as well, averaging 19.1 per game. Rodney Rogers and Tony Delk both continued to provide the team with scoring off the bench, before being traded to the Boston Celtics for rookie Joe Johnson midway through the season. Anfernee Hardaway returned to appear in 80 games, after being sidelined all but four games the season before, and added 12 points a game. Johnson, who earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors, rounded out a team rich in talent at the guard position. Tom Gugliotta was again plagued by knee injury, starting in just half the season's games.

The season was a disappointment for an organization looking to build a new core of talent. For the first time since the 1996–97 season, the All-Star Game did not feature a Suns player. To complete the season on a low note, a franchise-record of 13 straight playoff appearances was snapped when the Suns failed to qualify for postseason play. Following the season, Majerle retired after making his second stint with the Suns.

Bulls–Knicks rivalry

The Bulls–Knicks rivalry is a rivalry between the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The two basketball teams have played each other every year since the Bulls first joined the NBA in 1966. However, the rivalry began to grow in intensity during the late 1980s and early 1990s, when both teams became huge playoff contenders. This was due to a variety of factors: the great frequency in which the teams competed against each other in high-stakes contests and playoff series; well-known players such as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing, and John Starks; the reputations of the team's respective cities; and personnel changes and conflicts between the teams. The two teams met in the playoffs seven times between 1981 and 1996, with the Bulls winning six of those series.

Hot in the City

"Hot in the City" is a 1982 song by Billy Idol, released on his self-titled album. It charted at No. 23 in the US and No. 58 in the UK. A re-release of the song in the UK in 1987 reached No. 13.

John Paxson

John MacBeth Paxson (born September 29, 1960) is an American basketball administrator and former player who has been vice president of basketball operations for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 2009, after serving as their general manager from 2003 to 2009.

List of NBA Finals broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers that have broadcast NBA Finals games over the years.

List of National Basketball Association single-game playoff scoring leaders

This is a complete listing of National Basketball Association players who have scored 50 or more points in a playoff game.

This feat been accomplished 37 times in NBA playoff history by 25 different players. Only four players have scored 50 or more points on more than one occasion: Michael Jordan (eight times), Wilt Chamberlain (four times), Allen Iverson (three times) and Jerry West (twice).

List of Phoenix Suns seasons

The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Suns began playing in the NBA as an expansion team in the 1968–69 NBA season. In their inaugural season, the Suns posted a win–loss record of 16–66. They participated in the playoffs only once in their first seven seasons.In the 1975–76 season, a rookie Alvan Adams helped the team reach its first NBA Finals, which they lost to the Boston Celtics 4–2. Charles Barkley and Steve Nash won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award while playing for the Suns. Barkley led the Suns to the 1993 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls. After signing with the Suns in 2004, Nash led the team to three straight division titles, but after reaching the Conference Finals in 2009–10 the Suns have subsequently experienced their worst period of on-court failure, missing the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons (the franchise's previous record playoff drought was five seasons, which happened after the team made the postseason in only their second year of existence during the 1969–70 campaign).

Despite their failures in the 2010s, the Suns franchise has the NBA's fourth-best all-time winning percentage, winning 54 percent of its games, as of the end of the 2015–16 season. In their first forty-three seasons, the Suns made the playoffs 29 times, posted nineteen seasons with fifty or more wins, appeared nine times in the Western Conference Finals, and advanced to the NBA Finals in 1976 and 1993. As a result, based on their all-time winning percentage, the Suns are the most successful franchise to never win an NBA championship.

List of career achievements by Michael Jordan

This page details statistics, records, and other achievements pertaining to Michael Jordan.

Mark West (basketball)

Mark Andre West (born November 5, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) center from Old Dominion University, West was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (30th overall) of the 1983 NBA draft.

Michael Jordan statue

The Michael Jordan statue, also known as The Spirit (and sometimes referred to as Michael Jordan's Spirit), is a bronze sculpture by Omri Amrany and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany that has been located inside the United Center in the Near West Side community area of Chicago since March 1, 2017. The sculpture was originally commissioned after Jordan's initial retirement following three consecutive NBA championships and unveiled prior to the Bulls taking residence in their new home stadium the following year. Depicting Basketball Hall of Fame member Michael Jordan and unveiled outside the United Center on November 1, 1994, the 12-foot (3.7 m) sculpture stands atop a 5-foot (1.52 m) black granite base. Although not critically well received, the statue has established its own legacy as a meeting place for fans at subsequent Bulls championships and as a rallying point for Chicago Blackhawks fans during their prideful times.

Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division, and are the only team in their division not based in California. The Suns play their home games at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The franchise began play in 1968 as an expansion team, and their early years were shrouded in mediocrity, but their fortunes changed in the 1970s, where, after partnering long-term guard Dick Van Arsdale and center Alvan Adams with Paul Westphal, the Suns reached the 1976 NBA Finals, in what is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in NBA history. However, after failing to capture a championship, the Suns would rebuild around Walter Davis for a majority of the 1980s, until the acquisition of Kevin Johnson in 1988.

Under Johnson, and after trading for perennial NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, and combined with the output of Tom Chambers and Dan Majerle, the Suns reached the playoffs for a franchise-record thirteen consecutive appearances and remained a regular title contender throughout the 1990s, and reached the 1993 NBA Finals. However, the team would again fail to win a championship, and entered into another period of mediocrity until the early part of the 2000s.

In 2004, the Suns reacquired Steve Nash, and immediately returned into playoff contention. With Nash, Shawn Marion, and Amar'e Stoudemire, and under head coach Mike D'Antoni, the Suns became renowned worldwide for their quick, dynamic offense, which led them to tie a franchise record in wins in the 2004–05 season. Two more top two Conference placements followed, but the Suns again failed to attain an NBA championship, and were forced into another rebuild.

The Suns own the NBA's seventh-best all-time winning percentage, and have the second highest winning percentage of any teams to have never won an NBA championship. 10 Hall of Famers have played for Phoenix, while two Suns—Barkley and Nash—have won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award while playing for the team.

Spurs–Suns rivalry

The Spurs–Suns rivalry is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns. It began in the 1990s, when the Spurs were led by "The Admiral", David Robinson, and the Phoenix Suns were propelled by a number of players, including Dan Majerle, Kevin Johnson, and Tom Chambers. The rivalry continued into the next decade with Tim Duncan leading the Spurs, and with Steve Nash leading the Suns. The rivalry has also allegedly prevented Spurs coach Gregg Popovich from coaching the USA Basketball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Talking Stick Resort Arena

The Talking Stick Resort Arena is a sports and entertainment arena in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It opened on June 6, 1992, at a construction cost of $89 million. It was known as America West Arena from 1992 to 2006 and as US Airways Center from 2006 to 2015.It is home to the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The National Hockey League (NHL)'s Arizona Coyotes played their first 7.5 seasons at the arena following their arrival in Phoenix in 1996. The Phoenix RoadRunners of the ECHL played at the arena from their inaugural 2005–06 season until they ceased operations at the conclusion of the 2008–09 season.

Located near Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the arena is one million square feet (93,000 m2) in size on an 11-acre (4.5 ha) site. These two major league sports venues are half of those used by Phoenix area professional teams, the other two being State Farm Stadium and Gila River Arena in the neighboring Phoenix suburb of Glendale.

Renovations were completed in March 2003, which feature a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) air conditioned glass-enclosed atrium built on the northwest side of the arena, to keep patrons cool while waiting in line for tickets or spending time inside the building before events. The total cost was estimated at around $67 million. The upgrading of the arena was done as part of the Phoenix Suns' plan to keep it economically competitive after Gila River Arena opened. Former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo originally thought of the renovations after visiting Staples Center in Los Angeles and envisioned a similar entertainment district in Phoenix. On January 23, 2019, the Phoenix City Council voted in approval for further renovations involving the arena, with the Phoenix Suns paying up to $80 million, alongside any further costs necessary for said renovations.

Tom Chambers (basketball)

Thomas Doane Chambers (born June 21, 1959) is an American retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player. Having a strong shot along with high-flying dunks, Chambers played professionally from 1981 to 1997. At 6'10", he played at the power forward position as a professional, and was selected to four NBA All-Star Games as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics and the Phoenix Suns.

Chambers is one of two players, along Antawn Jamison, with 20,000 or more career points eligible, but not elected to, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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