6 Bulls games to rewatch on League Pass for free during NBA hiatus
Zach LaVine goes supernova vs. Charlotte - Nov. 23, 2019
Okay, we had to sneak one in from this year. But rest assured, it’s a worthy option. One night after being pulled early in the first quarter in a loss to the Miami Heat for what Jim Boylen termed “three egregious defensive errors,” Zach LaVine single-handedly smashed the Hornets in Charlotte. A career-high 49 points. An NBA record-tying (and Bulls franchise record-setting) 13 3-pointers. A near buzzer-beating 3 off an improbable steal to cap an eight-point Bulls comeback in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Oh, and Coby White dropped a then career-high 28 points. Fun watch to say the least.
And if you’re thirsting to relive other passing bright moments from the 2019-20 season, we compiled a list of those here. Some more fun nights from Zach and Coby (among others) in there, but maybe flip the channel before the final buzzer sounds for a couple of ’em.
Jordan hangs second straight 50-burger on Cavs in playoffs - May 1, 1988
Michael Jordan entered the ’88 playoffs on a mission. Matched up with the upstart Cavaliers — led by Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, Larry Nance and eventual teammate Ron Harper — in the first round, he averaged 45.2 points on 55.9% shooting over five games en route to the first postseason series victory of his career.
In this game, in which the Bulls seized a commanding 2-0 series lead, Jordan dropped 55 points (without a 3-pointer) after posting 50 in Game 1. This game, and series, added a noteworthy notch to Jordan’s rapidly rising star.
“The Shot” Pt. 1 - May 7, 1989
Of course, Jordan’s time tormenting the Cavaliers was far from finished. For the second year in a row, the Bulls and Cavaliers duked out a five-game first-round bout in 1989, and for the second year in a row, Jordan led the charge in vanquishing them.
This game endures as one of the lasting snapshots of his career. With less than two seconds remaining and the Bulls trailing 100-99 in a decisive Game 5 in Cleveland, Jordan rose, hung, fired and sank a buzzer-beating jumper over Craig Ehlo to send the Bulls to the second round.
Bulls secure first title - June 12, 1991
In the deciding game of the Bulls’ first NBA title — a 108-101 victory over the Lakers — Jordan (30 points) and Scottie Pippen (32) combined for 62 points, 17 rebounds, 17 assists and 10 steals. It was the team’s fourth consecutive win after dropping Game 1 at Chicago Stadium.
As one dynasty faded (this capped Magic Johnson’s last full season with the Lakers), another was born.
“The Shrug” game - June 3, 1992
Jordan set the tone of the 1992 NBA Finals against the Trail Blazers in Game 1. He notched a preposterous 35 points in the first half, hitting six 3-pointers along the way, and delivered one of the most iconic images of his career by shrugging after the sixth long-ball tickled twine.
The Bulls won the game in a 122-89 rout and went on to win the series in six games — their second title in as many years.
Jordan gives Bulls Finals lead at buzzer - June 1, 1997
Now, fast-forward almost five years to the day. Another Bulls title (their fifth of the decade), another Jordan tone-setter in Game 1.
The Karl Malone, John Stockton-led Jazz got the brunt of this one — a 31-point clinic supplemented by 27 from Pippen (no other Bull had more than six points). Jordan’s 13th and final field goal of the evening came on a pull-up jumper over Bryon Russell at the buzzer to give the Bulls an 84-82 win. The UC erupted. (And Jordan, as we know, wasn't quite done with Russell.)