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Vinnie Johnson Heats Up, Scores 15 in Fourth, Hits Championship Game-Winner (1990.06.14)

Vinnie Johnson 16pts

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June 14, 1990 – With starting shooting guard Joe Dumars struggling and ailing, super reserve Vinnie Johnson came off the bench partway through the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the 1990 NBA Finals and poured in 15 points, including an 18-footer with 00.7 seconds left that clinched the Detroit Pistons’ second NBA championship in as many seasons.

After going 0-for-4 in the contest’s first three quarters, Johnson hit 6-of-7 in the fourth. The Portland Trail Blazers led by seven with two minutes remaining before a quick five point burst from Johnson pulled the Pistons back within two. Johnson then won a jump ball with under 50 seconds remaining, leading to a game-tying jumper from Isiah Thomas, ultimately setting up Johnson’s game-winning theatrics moments later.



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