A dynasty was born.
On this day June 12, 1991, Bulls legend Michael Jordan won his first NBA championship and Finals MVP, capping off a 4-1 series win against the Los Angeles Lakers.
This was no easy task for the Bulls going up against the Lakers Big Three in Magic Johnson, Vlade Divac and James Worthy.
The Lakers did, however, win Game 1 of the series 93-91, at the old Chicago Stadium – now the United Center -- despite Jordan’s game-leading 36 points.
The leading scorer trend was no small feat for Jordan in the series, besides Scottie Pippen leading all scorers in Game 5 with 32.
Jordan averaged a double-double in the series, leading the Bulls in scoring with over 31 points per game and 11.4 assists. Pippen followed suit with nearly 21 points and six assists.
This was just the beginning for Jordan and the Bulls dynasty. The Bulls would eventually win again in 1992 and 1993, marking the first such “three-peat” since the Celtics won eight straight from 1959-66.
After Jordan retired in 1993 to join the White Sox, he came back in 1995. And beginning in the 1995-96 season another three-peat was cemented into the history books, with Jordan leading the Bulls to three consecutive championships from 1996-98.