Apr. 21, 1996 - The Chicago Bulls end the regular season with NBA record 72-10

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The only team in NBA history to win 70 games or more in a single season.

With a lineup of Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Luke Longley, and perhaps the league’s best bench in Steve Kerr, Toni Kukoc, Bill Wennington, Jud Buechler, and guard Randy Brown the Bulls posted one of the best single-season improvements in league history and the best single-season record, moving from 47–35 to 72–10, which remains the best record in NBA history. Jordan won his eighth scoring title, and Rodman his fifth straight rebounding title, while Kerr finished second in the league in three-point shooting percentage. Jordan garnered the elusive triple crown with the regular season MVP, All-star Game MVP, and Finals MVP. Jerry Krause was named Executive of the Year, Phil Jackson Coach of the Year, and Kukoc the Sixth Man of the Year. Both Pippen and Jordan made the All-NBA First Team, and Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman made the All-Defensive First Team, making the Bulls the only team in history with three players on the All-Defensive First Team.

In addition, the 1995–96 squad holds several other records, including the best road record in a standard 41-road-game season (33–8), the all-time best start by a team (41–3), the longest home winning streak (44 games, 7 from previous season), and the best start at home (37–0). The Bulls also posted the second-best home record in history (39–2), behind only the 1985–86 Celtics 40–1 home mark, and the second-best point differential in history, trailing the 1972 Lakers by 3 points over the course of an entire season. The team triumphed over Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and the Seattle SuperSonics for their fourth title. The 1995–96 Chicago Bulls are widely regarded as one of the greatest teams in the history of basketball.

In the 1996–97 season, the Bulls narrowly missed out on a second consecutive 70-win season by losing their final two games to finish 69–13. They repeated their home dominance, going 39–2 at the United Center. The Bulls capped the season by winning their fifth NBA championship over John Stockton, Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz. Jordan earned his second straight and ninth career scoring title, while Rodman earned his sixth straight rebounding title.

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University of North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball player Michael Jordan cutting basketball net after winning the 1982 NCAA championship.

Mar. 29, 1982 - Michael Jordan hits a shot with 15 seconds left as North Carolina beats Georgetown 63-62 for NCAA title

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Aside from the dramatic finish in the final minute, the 1982 NCAA championship game is today primarily remembered as being the stage on which several eventual basketball legends were introduced to a national audience, particularly Michael Jordan of the North Carolina Tar Heels and Georgetown Hoyas' Patrick Ewing, both 19-year-old freshmen at the time of this game. Both had outstanding games, Jordan with 16 points including the game-winner, and Ewing with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan and Ewing went on to Hall of Fame careers in the NBA.

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Mar. 28, 1990 - Jordan scores 69 points, the fourth time he’s scored 60 points in a game

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Michael Jordan made made 23 of 37 field-goal attempts and 21 of 23 foul shots, as Chicago beat Cleveland by 117-113 in overtime and clinched a spot in the playoffs. He also had a career-high 18 rebounds, plus 6 assists and 4 steals. Jordan, who was averaging 33 points a game, scored 16 in the first quarter, 15 in the second, 20 in the third, 10 in the fourth and 8 in overtime. It was the fourth time Jordan had scored more than 60 points. His previous career high was 63 against Boston in the 1986 playoffs. He also scored 61 twice in 1987.

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North Carolina Tar Heels Michael Jordan was the 1981 ACC Fresh(est) Man of the Year.

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An MVP Season. Michael Jordan' 1987-88 highlights.

REGULAR-SEASON / PLAYOFF STATS

  • MPG: 40.4 / 42.7
  • FG%: .535 / .531
  • 3P%: .132 / .333
  • FT%: .841 / .869
  • REB: 5.5 / 7.1
  • AST: 5.9 / 4.7
  • STL: 3.16 / 2.40
  • BLK: 1.60 / 1.10
  • PPG: 35.0 / 36.3

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Feb. 6, 1988 - Michael Jordan jumped from the free-throw-line to win his second dunk contest title in a row

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Basketball fans had been waiting for the Michael Jordan / Dominique Wilkins rematch since 1985. Injuries had derailed the Dunk Contest meet-up in 1986 and ‘87, but in 88, Michael and the “Human Highlight Reel” put on a classic duel.

Jordan’s victory over Wilkins in 1988 in Chicago finished with a perfect 50-score dunk from the free-throw line for his third dunk to win the contest. However, the announcers did note that Wilkins was given abnormally low score for his breathtaking third dunk, a 45, allowing Jordan to win it by 2 with his perfect 50. To this day, the allegations of “home cooking” still float around surrounding the event - it was held on Jordan’s home court; one of the judges was former Chicago Bears star Gayle Sayers; and another judge, former NBA star Tom Hawkins, is a Chicago native - and is considered arguably the most controversial of the slam dunk competitions. With this victory, Jordan became the first player to win the dunk contest two years in a row.

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With the third pick of the 1984 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls pick Michael Jordan.

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Jan. 16, 1993 - Jordan scores 64 points but Bulls lose to Magic

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It was Michael Jordan’s second highest single-game total of his career (he scored 69 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 28, 1990). Jordan, who had 53 points against the Orlando Magic during the 1989 season, hit 26 of 47 shots, including 22 points in the first quarter, 8 in the second, 11 in the third, 16 in the fourth and 7 in overtime. It was the third time Jordan scored at least 45 points against the Magic and each time the Chicago Bulls have lost. Scottie Pippen had 17 points, but no one else on the Bulls scored more than 12 points in the 128-124 overtime loss. Scott Skiles had 31 points and 10 assists while Shaquille O’Neal 29 points and 24 rebounds.

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Jan. 13, 1999 - Jordan retires from the NBA for the second time

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With Phil Jackson's contract expiring, the pending departures of Scottie Pippen (who stated his desire to be traded during the season) and Dennis Rodman (who would sign with the LA Lakers as a free agent) looming, and being in the latter stages of an owner-induced lockout of NBA players, Jordan retired for the second time on January 13, 1999.

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