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Video: 23 years ago today Jordan hit The Shot over Ehlo

May 7, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

It is one of the iconic moments we remember of Michael Jordan — his game-winning playoff shot to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he is fading left but is able to hang in the air until Craig Ehlo slides past. He buried the hero shot under pressure. He leaps in the air and we all have a memory (and Nike has a commercial).

What’s amazing is we think of this as part of Jordan’s legacy, but the Bulls had not won a title when this happened and wouldn’t for a couple of years. The Pistons were the best team in the East and Jordan was hearing about how he was great in the regular season but couldn’t close it out in the biggest games on the biggest stages. Amazing how legacies change.

  1. slippyal2 - May 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    What I always loved about this play, was how Jordan was able to jump before Ehlo and wait for him to land before he shoots.

  2. davidly - May 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Thanks, Kurt. Great thing about YooToob: The Shot III is one of the vids shown available after this one. Jordan with the Wizards. Not as monumental, but this six-minute segment features loads of made baskets and a buzzer beater. It’s goosebump inducing in terms of the joy he gave his teammates in these situations.

    It also reminds us what a shame it was that the Bulls organization (ie. Reinsdorf) didn’t make a concerted effort to try to win four straight. MJ may not have averaged what he did when he was in DC, but he was still above average and had plenty of great games and phenomenal moments.

  3. jumbossportsblog - May 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

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