Friday, June 14, 2013

June 14, 1990: Back 2 Back Titles For The Pistons

On June 14, 1990, the Detroit Pistons became just the third franchise to win back to back championships by beating the Portland Trailblazers 92-90 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Only the Lakers and Celtics had accomplished the feat before the Pistons joined the exclusive club.  The victory in Game 5 was a a dramatic one. The Pistons controlled things early before the Trailblazers rallied late to put them up 76-68 with just 10 minutes to play. The lead didn't last long, Vinnie Johnson took over as he went on a 9-0 run that gave the Pistons a 77-76 edge with 6:35 on the clock. The Blazers still had some fight left in them, with solid pressure they took the lead back and found themselves up 90-83 with 2:05 to go. Then Johnson struck again, he went on another 9-0 run that nailed the coffin shut on Portland, his last shot came from 14 feet out with just 7 tenths of a second left on the clock. Since that day in Oregon, the Bulls and Rockets have joined the exclusive back to back titles club. Will the Miami Heat join them?

If you would like to read more about the 1990 Championship run by the Pistons check this out:

Watch Johnson Knock Down The Game Winner:

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