John Paxson’s clutch 3-pointer lifted the Bulls to their third consecutive title on this date in 1993

John Paxson’s clutch 3-pointer gave the Chicago Bulls a 99-98 road victory against the Phoenix Suns in Game 6. The victory clinched the NBA Finals, 4-2 for Chicago.

Michael Jordan finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He was excellent in the fourth quarter. He scored the Chicago’s only nine points in the quarter with the exception of Paxson’s 3-pointer.

The Bulls got possession of the ball down 98-96 and the Suns defense collapsed on Jordan. That left Paxson wide open for three. He knocked down the go-ahead shot with 3.9 seconds remaining.

Phoenix had one last chance but Horace Grant swatted away Kevin Johnson’s jumper at the buzzer.

Grant had just one point but made the game’s most important defensive play. Scottie Pippen also played well for the Bulls, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Charles Barkley finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Suns. Johnson finished with 19 points and 10 assists.

The Bulls went 10-14 on 3-pointers, while the Suns went 4-11.

Michael Jordan was named Finals MVP for the third consecutive season. He then left the NBA to play baseball after the season but returned to the Bulls in 1995.