Game: 1995 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 5
Match-up: Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks
If ever there was an opportunity for Scottie Pippen to out-Jordan No. 23 it was during the '94 Playoffs. MJ left the team to ground into double plays in the White Sox organization, leaving Scottie to one-man-band the Bulls to a championship.
With the :02 to go and the Bulls clinging to a one-point lead, Pippen harmlessly contested a three-point attempt by Hubert Davis. As the ball banked off of the right side of the rim, the Bulls celebration was silenced by a piercing whistle from Hue Hollins. He called Pippen for a shooting foul, sending Davis to the line with time expired. Davis hit his shots, the Knicks won the game, and Pippen was robbed of his best chance to outshine Jordan. Bulls coach Phil Jackson refused to take questions after the game, instead barking a 38-second diatribe that included, "I've seen a lot of things happen in the NBA, but I've never seen anything happen like what happened at the end of the game."