Round: Eastern Conference Finals
Dates: May 23-June 4
Winner: Bulls, 4-2
The Bulls' quest for a historic three-peat would have to go through New York, again, but the Knicks were favored this time and armed with home court advantage. They'd hold serve in the first two games, including John Starks' infamous dunk over Grant and Jordan in Game 2, however Chicago won Game 3 easily at home and Jordan personally took over Game 4 with 54 points. Seeking to maintain an edge, New York fought Chicago down to the wire in that fateful Game 5, yet Charles Smith's goat-worthy performance left the Knicks hanging. Chicago would wrap the series up in six, but it was a lot closer than it looked.