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.https://twitter.com/BlazerTagPDX/status/1245892444610158595
I forgot about the air horns.— Burlacious_M (@Burlacious_M) April 3, 2020
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.
It's really weird for me to watch the @trailblazers v. Bulls finals game from 92. I HATED the Blazers at that time, was a diehard Sonics fan. But now love them as my adopted team, so this game is now fun to watch.— Double K (@MethodDesigns) April 3, 2020
The Blazers and Bulls series had it all with the battle of legends Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler.
Clyde the Glide!!!It is awesome to watch this great team play! Loved them all!!— Marva (@Marva2017555) April 3, 2020
The Glide 🙌 pic.twitter.com/HhxilPQstm— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 3, 2020
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!
This team scored on the break in an instant. Turn your head, don’t get back, etc you were pulling the ball out of the hoop.— Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) April 3, 2020
You’re not supposed to be able to score like that in the playoffs- let alone the Finals. This Portland team was doing it to the CHICAGO FREAKING BULLS!
Watching these classic games make me wish the current team had one thing from the Blazers of old - An elite fastbreak game. I mean 1-5 can run the floor and find the open man. It's impressive. #RipCity— Chris Burkhardt (@CBurkhardtNBCS) April 3, 2020
I just watched POR runna full length fastbreak where the ball didn’t touch the floor and there were 3 passes that resulted in a violent dunk from Kersey and a gasp/ooh from the Chicago crowd.— Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) April 3, 2020
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.
My Dad turned off the TV and told me we were going to the store. He got beer. My Dad didn’t drink beer.— Supafly (@Supafly77) April 3, 2020
Perfect time for a comeback led by Danny Ainge!— BustABucket (@BustaBuckt) April 3, 2020
Had a heart attack then and now. I loved this team. Sad watching knowing Duck and Jerome aren't with us, though...— Katherine Adams (@KAViewAskew) April 3, 2020
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:
Who’s watching the ‘92 Finals 4th quarter on @NBCSNorthwest right now? 🙋♂️— Blazer Dads (@BlazerDads) April 3, 2020
Kevin Duckworth was great in the clutch. This team was so deep, too. Ainge off the bench!— Dwight Jaynes (@dwightjaynes) April 3, 2020
Danny ainge, JK25 and Porter going ham! #RipCity— dloitz (@dloitz) April 3, 2020
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.
Nobody played harder than @danielrainge— Dwight Jaynes (@dwightjaynes) April 3, 2020
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