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Today in Performance Sneaker History: Dan Majerle Leads Suns to 3OT Finals Win in the Nike Air Dynamic Flight

So far, the 2013 NBA Playoffs have produced some pretty exciting action. From upsets to neck-and-neck battles, there’s been a little bit of everything this postseason. But twenty years ago, on June 13, 1993,  Game 3 of the Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns set the standard for closely-contested championship games. For the first time and only time since 1976, the game extended to a triple overtime, where the Suns were finally able to put the Bulls away 129-121.

On this night, Phoenix’s team was scorching hot offensively, with six players in double figures and three of them passing the 20-point mark. Kevin Johnson came up big for the Suns with 25 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds, while Charles Barkley also had a huge showing with 24 points and 19 rebounds.

However, it was Suns guard Dan Majerle who really put in work on June 13, ’93. Majerle had 28 points with stellar 6-8 three-point shooting and also grabbed 7 rebounds. But it didn’t stop there. Matched up against the most intimidating scorer in the league, Marjerle set a record by clocking 59 minutes without a single personal foul. Guarding Jordan for a whole game without fouling is impressive on its own, but pulling it off over the course of a lengthy triple-overtime game is downright amazing.

In the ’93 Finals, Dan Majerle wore the Nike Air Dynamic Flight.. This supportive model featured a high-profile ankle cut, visible Air cushioning, and a soft neoprene tongue with a Huarache-like construction. The model worked well for Majerle’s quick, play-making style and was also worn by stars of the era like Scottie Pippen. The Nike Air Dynamic Flight has yet to be reissued in its original high-top form.

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  • GetYourKicksRight

    One *minor* problem with this story. Majerle is wearing Huaraches in the photo…

    • Riley Jones

      Thanks for the comment. It’s actually the Nike Air Dynamic Flight, not a Huarache model.