Happy Throwback Thursday, Rip City!
The Trail Blazers' 115-104 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of the 1992 NBA Finals had the city of Portland on edge back in the summer of ’92, and now in the spring of 2020.
In the classic re-air of Game 2, fans of today were reminiscing about how air horns were allowed in Chicago Stadium back then.
But hey, time can change everything. Who would thought in 1992 that a Sonics fan could turn out to be a big Trail Blazers fan nearly 20 years later?
Now we know it could happen.
The Blazers and Bulls series had it all with the battle of legends Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler.
Portland’s road to the 1992 NBA Finals:
Defeated L.A. Lakers, 3-1
Defeated Phoenix, 4-1
Defeated Utah, 4-2
The current era of basketball peeps showed some love for the ’92 Blazers getting out and running.
The fastbreak was a thing of beauty!
It was an ugly third quarter for Portland, though.
Chicago went on a 13-0 run to end the third as the Bulls took a 77-70 lead. The Blazers shot 7-for-20 in the third.
But, things got worse before they got better for Portland.
Drexler picked up his fourth foul at the 8:12 mark in the third quarter, but Drexler stayed in the game. The Blazers superstar fouled out with 4:36 remaining on the clock with Portland down eight.
When Drexler fouled out people shared their emotions on Twitter of what it was like watching the game live and seeing Drexler taken out of the game.
It seemed unlikely the Blazers could win in Chicago in Game 2 considering Game 1’s loss was pretty demoralizing and then it became even more improbable after Drexler fouled out. It seemed the game would be over.
Yet, we all know, the Blazers role players stepped up.
Danny Ainge, Kevin Duckworth, and Jerome Kersey were determined to claw back and that they did.
This classic game had Drexler and Terry Porter combining for 50, while Ainge went off for 17 points on an efficient 7-of-10 shooting off the bench.
Fans all over twitter gave props to Portland’s role players:
The Blazers outscored the Bulls, 28-10 in the last ten minutes of the game and into overtime -- all without Drexler.
Ainge had nine points in OT and proved once again how much of a competitor he was on the floor.
That was a fun Throwback Thursday, for sure!
How the series turned out:
CHICAGO 122, Portland 89
Portland 115, CHICAGO 115 (OT)
Chicago 94, PORTLAND 84
PORTLAND 93, Chicago 88
Chicago 119, PORTLAND 106
CHICAGO 97, Portland 93