Photo of the Day: Loss in 1992 Sets Up Defining Moment for Jordan, Bulls

The Chicago Bulls had won their first NBA championship less than a year earlier, but as Michael Jordan walked across the court at Madison Square Garden on May 14, 1992, a repeat was far from a sure thing.

In 1991, Jordan had finally broken through to quiet critics who enjoyed his game but questioned why he couldn’t get the Bulls a ring.  On this day, though, the Bulls would fall apart in the fourth quarter of Game 6 against the Knicks, losing 100-86.  The second round playoff series was even at three games apiece.

1992 Michael Jordan photo vs KnicksThe photo at left of a focused, serious Jordan was taken by Tom Berg, a well-known east coast photographer.  It’s one of numerous sports, historical and entertainment photos up for bid at RMY Auctions tonight.

The Bulls had finished the regular season 67-15, at the time one of the four best records in NBA history.  Jordan had won his sixth scoring title, averaging 30.1 points per game and would be awarded his third MVP.

A sweep of the Miami Heat set up the showdown with the rough and tumble Knicks.

Patrick Ewing and Xavier McDaniel powered New York to the Game 6 win, setting up a winner-take-all final contest.  Jordan scored 29 first half points, finished with 42 as the Bulls won, 110-81, again showing the mental toughness that was a hallmark of their championship run in the 1990’s.  Chicago then handled Cleveland and then Portland to win their second straight title.

The photo carries an identification and dating sticker on the back and is rated 5/5 for condition and appearance.

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