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Michael Jordan Could Only Shrug Because Sometimes The Greats Just Can't Explain Greatness

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Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan (23) reacts to his own unforgettable performance. | NBC

Sometimes not even the greats can understand greatness. Sometimes even the greatest can only smile and shrug.

After sinking his sixth three-point shot during the first half of Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan did just that. The Chicago Bulls' superstar, who won his first NBA championship just a year earlier, punctuated a performance for the ages against the Portland Trail Blazers with an unforgettable reaction. Twenty-two years later, the sharpshooting and the shrug are indelibly etched into NBA lore.

Jordan poured in a record-setting 35 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 39 as the Bulls overwhelmed the Blazers 122-89 in the opener on June 3, 1992.

"The first one felt so good, I had to take more," Jordan told NBA.com years later. "I couldn't miss. The threes were like free throws; they just kept dropping. I didn't know what was happening. I was in a zone. What can I say? I don't know how to explain it. You know it's got to end, it has to, but when? It's like it doesn't matter what they do."

Jordan would go on to be named the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 NBA Finals after the Bulls edged the Blazers 4-2 for their second straight title.

For more on Jordan's iconic 'Shrug Game,' check out the video below:

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