Everyone remembers "The Shot," but many forget what led up to it. With the game tied, John Stockton knocked down a three-pointer with 41 seconds left. Chicago called a timeout, and Jordan scored just four seconds afterward, then stripped Karl Malone on the other end of the court.
As the famous last words indicate, Jordan had the final shot envisioned in his mind before it happened. Jordan dribbled to roughly the foul line, gave a slight nudge to an already slipping Bryon Russell, knocked down the shot and left up the gooseneck follow-through, which is one of the most iconic photos in sports history.
Whether Jordan pushed off Russell or not is up for debate, but Russell summed up the play perfectly by saying, "Whether he pushed off or not, he was making that shot."
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