Jordan faced league MVP and longtime friend Charles Barkley in the 1993 NBA Finals. MJ was the catalyst for this championship team, but his trust in his Bulls teammates was critical to their victory. The Game 6-winning shot that sealed the title for the Bulls came from John Paxson, which showed Jordan's ability to share the court. Jordan averaged 41 points per game in the series and became the first player in NBA history to win three consecutive NBA Finals MVP awards.