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    The GOAT dominates the Knicks with fifty-four points!

    1993 Michael Jordan Eastern Conference Finals Game Four Worn & Signed Air Jordan VIII Sneakers--Photo Matched! It's considered one of the most contentious playoff series in NBA history, populated by a barrage of hard fouls and on-court altercations. The New York Knicks had picked up right where the Bad Boys of Detroit had left off in their treatment of the Bulls as they faced off in the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals, the Big Apple big men enforcing a "no lay-ups" rule that turned the offensive paint into a perilous place for the two-time Slam Dunk Champion. It didn't get much easier on the defensive end, where MJ was paired up against a relentless John Starks, who had thrown down an iconic dunk over Jordan and Horace Grant in the closing minute of Game Two. The series was a dream match-up for the NBA brass, two major market teams going at one another full throttle for the chance to represent the East in the NBA Finals.

    But every elbow and forearm poured fuel on the competitive fire of the game's greatest figure, who produced one of his signature playoff performances in Game Four, recording fifty-four points to provide more than half of the Bulls' winning tally in the 105-95 result. The May 31, 1993 contest at Chicago Stadium would prove to be Jordan's sixth-highest postseason production of his storied career, tied for twelfth in the full history of the National Basketball Association. With his old nemesis from the 1982 NCAA Championship game (and future Dream Teammate) Patrick Ewing lowering the boom inside, Jordan showcased his sharpshooting skills, hitting six of nine three-pointers and eighteen-for-thirty from the field, and sinking twelve of fourteen free throw attempts as the most fouled player on the court.

    After having dropped the first two games of the series at Madison Square Garden, the Bulls would pull even in this Game Four contest and never fall to the Knicks again, taking the Eastern Conference Finals in six. It would take another six games against Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns to complete Jordan's first NBA Championship three-peat. But scandal was brewing as reports of a visit to an Atlantic City casino while visiting New York hit sports pages, and Jordan would shock the sporting world in October with the announcement that he was calling it quits.

    Presented is one of the most exciting game worn offerings from the first half of Michael Jordan's age of NBA domination, the Air Jordan VIII's he sported in that spectacular Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals, definitively linked to photography from the contest by Sports Investors Authentication and sourced from a member of Jordan's personal security team. These sneakers are only one of three known Air Jordan game worn pairs that have been photomatched to his playoff career. One of those three pairs, matched to the 1991 NBA Finals, sold for $216,000 earlier this year.

    The rather daring design of this highly-popular edition of the Air Jordan line provides the data points for the match, the interior lining featuring a unique, colorful pattern that is unmistakable in the provided documentation. "Sneakerheads" prize the VIII's for the lone appearance of the carpeted circular Jumpman logo on the tongue and the unique double-crossover straps sporting a jagged number "23." They remain one of the most beloved editions.

    This pair exhibits appropriate single-game wear, with size thirteen (13) tagging at each interior tongue which dates production to a period between January and March of 1993. A strong silver sharpie signature at each toe provides the final point of intrigue. Photomatch from Sports Investors Authentication. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from member of Jordan's security team. Full LOA from Beckett Authentication Services. Full LOA from PSA/DNA for each shoe.


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