September 25, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Michael Jordan over Craig Ehlo – “The Shot”
Rewind back the time to May 7th 1989. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls were matched up in the first round of the Eastern Conference Finals. This was a best of 5 game series between to the two rivals. The Cleveland Cavaliers were favorite to win this series, because they had swept the Bulls in 6 regular season games that year. The Bulls entered the playoffs as the 6th seed, while the Cavaliers came in as the 3 seed. No one picked the Bulls to win this series, not even the Beat Writers for the Chicago Bulls then. Michael Jordan said the Bulls would win the series in 4 games to give his team added motivation to prove everyone wrong. Despite Jordan’s prediction of 4 games, the series would go the distance. The Bulls would have to travel to Cleveland to try to win Game 5 on the road. The game in its entirety is considered a classic to this day. Jordan and the Bulls found themselves down 1 with 3 seconds remaining. Craig Ehlo had put the Cavaliers up 100- 99 with a driving lay-up for his 24th point of the game. At the time this would look like the winning basket to clenched the series in Cleveland’s favor. After a time-out called by the Bulls the ball would be advanced to half court to inbound the pass. Craig Ehlo and Larry Nance would double team Michael for the final 3 seconds of the game.
Here is Bull’s Radio Network Commentator Jim Durham’s call of the final play.
“The inbound pass comes in to Jordan. Here’s Michael at the foul line, the shot on Ehlo…GOOD! THE BULLS WIN IT! THEY WIN IT! They upset the Cleveland Cavaliers! Michael Jordan hits it at the foul line! 101–100! 20,273 in stunned silence here in the Coliseum. Michael Jordan with 44 points in a game hit the shot over Craig Ehlo.”
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