Bulls vs. Lakers: 20 years ago
December, 9, 2010
By Peter Newmann, ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/John SwartIn 1991 Michael Jordan led the Bulls to one of the most dominant postseasons in league history. That postseason ended with a defeat of Magic Johnson's Lakers and the first NBA title in Bulls history.Twenty years ago the Bulls were in the midst of winning 61 games during the 1990-91 NBA season. Phil Jackson was in his second season as Bulls head coach, after taking over for Doug Collins. Michael Jordan was busy winning the second of his five MVP awards. And in the postseason, the Bulls were dominant.
In the 1991 NBA Finals, the Bulls lost the opening game to the Lakers, then stormed back to win four straight games and their first NBA title. Their 15-2 postseason is tied for the the third-best in a single postseason. Chicago's average margin of victory in the postseason was 11.6 points per game. This is the 20th anniversary season of the first NBA title for the Bulls.
The Lakers beat the Bulls 98-91 on Nov. 23, 2010, making this the final regular season meeting between the Bulls and Lakers this season...unless they meet in the Finals again.
There was one memorable moment in that Finals that will stand up as one of the greatest in Finals history. It happened in Game 2 (June 5, 1991) and was by Michael Jordan (who else?). Jordan took a pass from Cliff Levingston, drove down the lane with his left hand, shifted the ball to his right as he went into the air, before switching back and finishing with a left-handed lay-up.