On this date in sports history: Michael Jordan’s Shrug game vs Trail Blazers

NBA Sports Throwback

On June 3rd, 1992, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in a 122-89 victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. During the win, Bulls legend Michael Jordan gave fans and the NBA one of the most iconic moments of his hall-of-fame career.

Jordan opened the game scoring a record 35 points in the first half, 18 of those points were off a record six 3-pointers in that same half. Not known as a three-point shooter, Jordan gave the fans a shrug following a deep 3-point field goal over Blazers forward, Clifford Robinson.

Following an epic first half, Jordan would end the game with 39 points while shooting 16-for-27 from the field, 6-for-10 from behind the arc. In addition to his shot shooting, Jordan also recorded 11 assists and two steals in the win.

Following a blowout victory in Game 1, the Bulls would go on to defeat the Trail Blazers 4-2 and capture their two straight titles of the decade. While averaging 35.8 points throughout the six-game series, Jordan would go on to win his second straight Finals MVP award.

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