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NBA Playoffs Throwback: San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks, 2003 Western Conference Finals, game 6

Steve Kerr and Stephen Jackson lead the Spurs to a come from behind victory in game 6 of the 2003 Western Conference Finals. The Spurs outscored the Mavericks 42-15 once Kerr entered the game. San Antonio outscored Dallas 34-9 in the 4th quarter and had an amazing 23-0 run in the 4th to turn a 13 point deficit into a 10 point lead. Steve Kerr was 4-4 from 3 point range and was vital in pumping life back into the Spurs offense.

The win sent the Spurs to the Finals where they defeated the New Jersey Nets 4-2.

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Throwback Photo of the Night: ‘97 Heat vs. Bulls

Thunder Dan Majerle dunks over Steve Kerr. YES, THIS HAPPENED.

I thought we won 10 games that year just because Michael decided we weren’t going to lose … I remember we went to Vancouver and they had us by 8 points with 3 minutes to go because they were so excited and we were just tired, and Michael saved the day.

~Steve Kerr

Scottie Pippen absolutely smothered an offense. The greatest help defender in the game, and he played alongside the best defensive guard in league history.

In tandem, the Bulls would crush opponents… with defense. As Steve Kerr relayed on The B.S. Report, Jeff Van Gundy agrees:

"When we played you guys we didn’t care about the triangle offense," Van Gundy tells Kerr. "Our biggest concern was just trying to score.”

Pippen’s defense was never more needed than in ‘98 during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers. For my money, the most excruciating playoff test the championship Bulls ever faced. An aging team taken to 7 games for only the second time in their storied run (the other being in ‘92 against the Knicks).

A big key in the Bulls ultimate prevail was switching the 6’7 Pippen onto point guard Mark Jackson. It completely stalled Indiana’s precision half court offense, not unlike 6 years prior when Pippen “held” Magic Johnson to 14 and 10, in Game 2 of the Finals.

The Bulls don’t win this series without Pippen; Batman loses without “sidekick” Robin.

(start watching at minute 6:23 for proof)

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