This Day in Sneaker History: Michael Jordan Switches Hands Mid-Air Against Lakers

Jun 5, 2014 | Jordan Howenstine |

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23 years ago today, Michael Jordan pulled off one of the most memorable moves of his career.

In only his second NBA Finals game, MJ and his Chicago Bulls were up on Magic Johnson’s Lakers by over 20 points in the fourth quarter. Although the game was already decided, MJ wasn’t done leaving his mark. Pushing the ball on a fast break, Jordan rose up for what looked like another highlight dunk, but suddenly, and swiftly, he switched hands in mid-air to finish with a Marv Albert-approved spectacular layup with his left. What may be even more impressive than the single play was the fact that it was his 13th straight bucket. That streak still stands as an all-time playoff record. Scoring a game-high 33 points and going on to average 30+ with 11 assists, Michael Jordan went on to win his first NBA Championship in the Air Jordan 6. Reminisce with the sights and sounds of MJ’s spectacular play from 23 years ago today below, and keep flying to Nice Kicks for everything sneakers.

Lead image via Chasing23.com

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