Michael Jordan entered the league in 1984 with the Chicago Bulls , providing an even more popular star to support growing interest in the league. This resulted in more cities demanding teams of their own. In 1988 and 1989, four cities got their wishes as the Charlotte Hornets , Miami Heat , Orlando Magic , and Minnesota Timberwolves made their NBA debuts, bringing the total to 27 teams. In the first year of the 1990s, the Detroit Pistons would win the second of their back-to-back titles, led by coach Chuck Daly and guard Isiah Thomas . Jordan and Scottie Pippen would lead the Bulls to two three-peats in eight years during the 1991–98 seasons. Hakeem Olajuwon won back-to-back titles with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995.
The 7’0”, 255-pound Kiwi has made New Zealanders proud with his gritty, physical style of play for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The long-haired center is a menace for other players driving to the hoop, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds with ease while being the enforcer for guard Russell Westbrook. Adams uses his past experience playing rugby to his full advantage, dishing out bone-crushing picks and being unafraid to get into a scrum with anyone on the court. (Athleticism runs in the family, too: His sister Valerie won two consecutive Olympic gold medals in the shot put.) But if Adams has a singular skill as a player, it's that he knows how to push the right buttons and get on his opponents' nerves, including DeMarcus Cousins and Raymond Felton .
As Harden drives to the hoop, DeAndre Jordan moves off of Dwight Howards to defend basket and Matt Barnes switches over to cover Howards (but falls down), leaving Ariza open. Harden sees Ariza, passes him the ball, and Ariza takes the shot as Chris Paul tries to rush over to defend. All this occurs from about 11:46 left in the 3rd quarter to about 11:42, and the shot clock runs from about seconds when Harden begins his drive to about when Ariza releases the ball. We can actually find more information about Ariza's shot attempt in his shot logs page .