“He just flat-out kicked my butt,” said John Starks, who scored 24 points in a Game 4 loss to the Bulls. “He was knocking down his jump shots, he was hitting his threes, even though I was right in his face.”
Michael Jordan bounced back from a horrible 3-of-18 shooting night in Game 3 of the 1993 ECF to score 54 points — most ever scored against the Knicks in a playoff game — on 18-of-30 shooting (no dunks) and tie the series at two games apiece.
“He was just in a zone, hitting all those long-range jumpers,” said Knicks power forward Charles Oakley. “When I played with him in Chicago, almost all of his points were layups.”
After the game, Horace Grant was asked if he would guarantee a victory in Game 5. The power forward responded by saying, “If we play the way we played these last two games, it’s definitely a guaranteed win for us.”
Doc Rivers responded by asking, “Is Horace some fortuneteller?”
Turns out Grant was right and the Bulls won the next two games behind Jordan’s triple-double (29/10/14) in Game 5 and a 25-point 9 assist game in Game 6.
HIGHLIGHTS OF GAMES 4-6