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Meanwhile, another piece of videotape from the game would also gainnotoriety. The tape was a shot of the Bulls’ bench after Jordan’s 44 pointsdelivered the victory, and it captured the beat writers sitting nearby, includingSam Smith and Bernie Lincicome of theTribuneand Lacy Banks of theSun-Times.“You see a shot of Doug Collins celebrating, and then Lacy’s like jumping upand down and waving his fists over his head,” recalled ESPN’s J. A. Adande,who had worked with Banks at theSun-Times.“There was a bit of Bulls fan inLacy, you know, and it clearly came out in that moment, but he never let it cloudhis journalistic duty.”Banks, the one journalist to challenge Jordan consistently, had been caught ina sudden, comical lapse of objectivity. He had something on the line, havingpredicted a Chicago win, but the moment spoke of an industry deeply conflictedby its adulation of Air Jordan. It would become increasingly difficult for thebusiness of sports journalism to find any sort of restraint in an era where themoments—and the media profits—were becoming exceptional.For Cleveland, meanwhile, the loss was devastating. Cavaliers center BradDaugherty, Jordan’s teammate from college, had seen it before. “I saw him goup,” Daugherty said, “and I turned to box out, to look for the flight of the ball. Ididn’t see it, because Michael pumped, then brought it down. Then he went backup and hit the bottom of the net. I still don’t know how he fit all of that into threeseconds.”“We’re going to New York, baby,” an exuberant Jordan said afterward.The energy from the win carried into the second round, where the Bulls wentat it with coach Rick Pitino’s Knicks, featuring Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley,and Mark Jackson. With Jordan averaging 35 points despite playing with anaggravated groin injury, the Bulls took a surprising 3–2 edge into Game 6 inChicago Stadium. Midway during the contest Scottie Pippen and New York’sKenny Walker were ejected for a brief flurry of punches. It was a major blow forChicago, and it came just as Jordan was working his way through a 40-point, 10-
assist effort. The Bulls seemed to have things in their grasp with a 111–107 leadwith just six seconds left. But the Knicks’ Trent Tucker hit a three-pointer, drewthe foul, and completed a four-point play to tie it in a sequence that left Collinsgasping on the sidelines, as if he couldn’t get enough oxygen. MJ now foundhimself hoping that he could produce yet another miracle, a sequel to his act inCleveland. This time, John Paxson put the ball in play, and once again Jordanmotored into the lane, where he was fouled, knocked down actually, with acouple of seconds to go. He made both, the Knicks missed a good look at thebuzzer, and Collins found enough breath for yet another fist-pumping, back-slapping celebration at midcourt.

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