Bulls' title mettle forged in Detroit

March, 11, 2011
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
ESPNChicago.com
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The Bulls locker room was weird. Not angry. Not despondent either. Just strangely matter-of-fact after Detroit's 19-point victory in Game 7 of the 1990 Eastern Conference finals.

"It was not meant to be," said Michael Jordan after leading the Bulls with 31 points. "Detroit is a better basketball team on paper and today they also proved it on the court."

The Pistons, meanwhile, were their usual smarmy selves.

"It was just another game in the playoffs for us," said Pistons guard Isiah Thomas. "Maybe their youth and inexperience showed."

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Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
20.2 3.3 1.7 38.9
OTHER LEADERS
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StealsJ. Butler 1.7
BlocksP. Gasol 2.1