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Michael Jordan broke out ‘The Shrug’ in NBA Finals 26 years ago (vids)

Now that it’s the NBA Finals, it stands to reason that we recollect how good Michael Jordan was in those huge game. Before the 1992 NBA Finals versus the Portland Trail Blazers, Michael Jordan was never known to be a knockdown three-point shooter. In Game 1, Jordan knocked down six three’s on the way to a comfortable 33-point win.

“The Shrug” is one of many iconic moves in the annals of NBA Finals history, along with the Allen Iverson step over, not to mention countless more instances of excellence. Jordan finished 39 points, and 11 assists on 16-for-27 shooting in Chicago’s 122-89 blowout victory. The Bulls went on to close out the series versus the Trail Blazers in six games with Jordan winning the MVP, averaging 35.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game.