Famous Game 2s: Chicago Bulls NBA Finals

So, the Chicago Bulls didn't make the NBA Finals?  Psha!  We don't need new memories...we have old ones!

If the '85 Bears have taught us anything it's that the present is lame...the past is awesome!

GAME 2 1991 NBA FINALS

The Bulls had come off a tough Game 1 loss at the Stadium to the Los Angeles Lakers.  Sam Perkins hit a late three-pointer, and many forget that Michael Jordan missed a jumper in the waning seconds as the Lakers took a 1-0 lead.

The Bulls responded by thumping the Lakers in Game 2 107-86.  What many people remember is the 'switching of the hands' play by Michael Jordan.  A review is located in this youtube synopsis.

GAME 2 1992 NBA FINALS

Michael Jordan was the subject of Game by scoring an NBA Finals record 35 points in one half.  Jordan connected on six three-pointers before being taken out of the game.  The Bulls won 122-89. 

Confidence overwhelmed the team, and it's loss of focus was shown in an Game 2 overtime loss.  The talented Trailblazers, most notably the play of reserve Danny Ainge, upset the Bulls 115-104 in overtime...a game the Bulls led late, and let slip away.

GAME 2 1993 NBA FINALS

The Phoenix Suns were 1993's 'Team of Destiny'.

However, after two games at home, the Suns found themselves down 2-0 to the defending champions.  The Bulls played some of their best basketball in their championship years during these two games.  The 111-108 stunner was just a prelude to a fantastic six game set.

GAME 2 1996 NBA FINALS

The Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 92-88 to take a 2-0 lead in this best of seven.  The Bulls would win Game 3 before letting Seattle win Games 4 and 5.  The Sonics had done a lot of the talking before the series...and wound up talking themselves right back to Seattle after Game 6.

GAME 2 1997 NBA FINALS

Jordan won Game 1 of the '97 Finals by hitting a jumper at the buzzer.  In Game 2, the Jazz offense was stymied in a 97-85 loss.  As we all know, the Jazz roared back to tie the series...then Jordan's won Game 5 with the flu, and Kerr won Game 6 with a jumper.  Yawn.

GAME 2 1998 NBA FINALS

The Jazz won Game 1 in overtime, and the feeling was this could be the last stanza for this Bulls team.  The aging Bulls put together an grinding performance in Game 2 to tie the series.  Without this Game 2 victory, a championship in '98 would have been doubtful (in this writer's humble opinion.)

 

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