1990-91 Chicago Bulls Season
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1990%E2%80%9391 Chicago Bulls Season
1990-91 Chicago Bulls season
NBA champions
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coach Phil Jackson
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena Chicago Stadium
Results
Record 61–21 (.744)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
(Defeated Lakers 4-1)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WGN-TV
SportsChannel Chicago
(Jim Durham, Johnny "Red" Kerr)
Radio WLUP
(Jim Durham, Johnny "Red" Kerr)

The 1990-91 NBA season was the Bulls' 25th season in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Bulls acquired Dennis Hopson from the New Jersey Nets. The Bulls stumbled out of the gate losing their first three games, but it would only be a minor hurdle as they were about to go on a rampage that would not be stopped. The Bulls finished in first place in the Central Division, as well as first overall in the Eastern Conference with a 61-21 record, surpassing their previous franchise-best from the 1971-72 season. Michael Jordan won another scoring title and his second MVP award, while being selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls swept the New York Knicks in three straight games. Then in the semifinals, they defeated the 5th-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in five games. In the Eastern Conference Finals, they swept the defending champion Detroit Pistons in four straight games, and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time. The Bulls would go on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals in five games, winning their first ever championship in franchise history.[2] This season was the first of three consecutive NBA titles for the Bulls, as well as marking the beginning of the legendary Bulls Dynasty, which would net the team another five more championships throughout the 1990s.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 29 Toni Kuko? SF  Yugoslavia
( Croatia)
KK Split

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 61 21 .744 -- 35-6 26-15 25-5
x-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610 11 32-9 18-23 19-11
x-Milwaukee Bucks 48 34 .585 13 33-8 15-26 16-14
x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 18 29-12 14-27 11-19
x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 20 29-12 12-29 15-15
Cleveland Cavaliers 33 49 .402 28 23-18 10-31 11-19
Charlotte Hornets 26 56 .317 35 17-24 9-32 8-22


Record vs. opponents

1990-91 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta -- 3-1 1-4 1-4 3-2 2-0 1-1 0-5 1-1 1-1 4-1 2-0 1-1 4-0 2-3 1-1 3-1 3-1 1-1 0-4 0-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-2
Boston 1-3 -- 3-1 2-2 3-1 2-0 2-0 2-2 1-1 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 4-1 2-2 2-0 4-1 5-0 1-1 2-3 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 5-1
Charlotte 4-1 1-3 -- 0-5 1-4 1-1 0-2 1-4 1-1 0-2 0-5 1-1 0-2 2-2 2-3 1-1 2-2 0-4 2-0 2-2 0-2 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-2
Chicago 4-1 2-2 5-0 -- 5-0 2-0 2-0 3-2 1-1 0-2 4-1 2-0 1-1 4-0 4-1 2-0 3-1 4-0 2-0 1-3 1-1 0-2 2-0 0-2 2-0 2-0 3-1
Cleveland 2-3 1-3 4-1 0-5 -- 2-0 1-1 2-3 0-2 0-2 1-4 1-1 1-1 3-1 2-3 1-1 2-2 3-1 2-0 2-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-3
Dallas 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 -- 3-1 0-2 2-2 1-3 2-0 1-3 2-2 0-2 1-1 1-4 2-0 2-0 1-4 1-1 0-4 1-3 2-2 1-4 2-2 0-5 2-0
Denver 1-1 0-2 2-0 0-2 1-1 1-3 -- 0-2 1-3 0-5 0-2 0-4 0-4 0-2 1-1 3-2 1-1 1-1 2-3 0-2 0-4 0-4 3-1 1-4 0-4 1-3 1-1
Detroit 5-0 2-2 4-1 2-3 3-2 2-0 2-0 -- 1-1 2-0 3-2 2-0 0-2 3-1 2-3 2-0 3-1 1-3 2-0 2-2 0-2 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 3-1
Golden State 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 3-1 1-1 -- 2-2 1-1 3-2 2-3 2-0 1-1 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-3 2-3 2-3 2-2 3-1 1-3 0-2
Houston 1-1 0-2 2-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 5-0 0-2 2-2 -- 1-1 2-2 1-3 2-0 2-0 5-0 2-0 2-0 3-2 2-0 3-1 0-4 3-1 2-3 2-2 2-2 1-1
Indiana 1-4 2-2 5-0 1-4 4-1 0-2 2-0 2-3 1-1 1-1 -- 1-1 0-2 2-2 2-3 1-1 3-1 2-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-2
L.A. Clippers 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-1 4-0 0-2 2-3 2-2 1-1 -- 0-4 0-2 1-1 3-1 1-1 0-2 1-3 0-2 2-3 1-3 3-2 2-2 2-3 1-3 0-2
L.A. Lakers 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-2 4-0 2-0 3-2 3-1 2-0 4-0 -- 2-0 0-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 4-0 1-1 3-2 2-3 4-0 3-1 3-2 2-2 2-0
Miami 0-4 1-4 2-2 0-4 1-3 2-0 2-0 1-3 0-2 0-2 2-2 2-0 0-2 -- 0-4 0-2 3-3 1-4 1-1 1-4 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 3-2
Milwaukee 3-2 2-2 3-2 1-4 3-2 1-1 1-1 3-2 1-1 0-2 3-2 1-1 2-0 4-0 -- 1-1 2-2 4-0 2-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-1
Minnesota 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 4-1 2-3 0-2 1-3 0-5 1-1 1-3 1-3 2-0 1-1 -- 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-0 0-4 0-4 3-1 0-4 2-2 1-4 1-1
New Jersey 1-3 1-4 2-2 1-3 2-2 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 0-2 1-3 1-1 0-2 3-3 2-2 1-1 -- 0-5 1-1 2-3 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 2-3
New York 1-3 0-5 4-0 0-4 1-3 0-2 1-1 3-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 2-0 1-1 4-1 0-4 1-1 5-0 -- 0-2 5-1 0-2 0-2 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 3-2
Orlando 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 4-1 3-2 0-2 2-2 2-3 1-1 3-1 0-4 1-1 0-2 2-2 1-1 2-0 -- 0-2 2-2 0-4 2-2 1-3 1-3 1-4 1-1
Philadelphia 4-0 3-2 2-2 3-1 2-2 1-1 2-0 2-2 0-2 0-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 4-1 2-2 0-2 3-2 1-5 2-0 -- 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 3-2
Phoenix 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 4-0 4-0 2-0 3-1 1-3 1-1 3-2 2-3 2-0 1-1 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 -- 3-2 3-1 1-3 3-2 2-2 2-0
Portland 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 4-0 1-1 3-2 4-0 2-0 3-1 3-2 2-0 1-1 4-0 2-0 2-0 4-0 1-1 2-3 -- 3-2 2-2 4-0 3-1 2-0
Sacramento 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-2 1-3 0-2 3-2 1-3 0-2 2-3 0-4 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-1 0-2 2-2 1-1 1-3 2-3 -- 1-3 1-4 1-3 2-0
San Antonio 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 4-1 4-1 2-0 2-2 3-2 1-1 2-2 1-3 2-0 1-1 4-0 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 3-1 2-2 3-1 -- 3-1 2-3 2-0
Seattle 1-1 0-2 2-0 0-2 1-1 2-2 4-0 1-1 1-3 2-2 1-1 3-2 2-3 2-0 1-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 3-1 1-1 2-3 0-4 4-1 1-3 -- 1-3 2-0
Utah 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 2-0 5-0 3-1 2-0 3-1 2-2 0-2 3-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 4-1 2-0 0-2 4-1 2-0 2-2 1-3 3-1 3-2 3-1 -- 2-0
Washington 2-2 1-5 2-2 1-3 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 2-2 2-0 0-2 2-3 1-3 1-1 3-2 2-3 1-1 2-3 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 --

Game log

Regular season

Playoffs

Player stats

Regular season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
B. J. Armstrong 82 0 21.1 .481 .500 .874 1.8 3.7 .85 .05 8.8
Bill Cartwright 79 79 28.8 .490 .000 .697 6.2 1.6 .41 .19 9.6
Horace Grant 78 76 33.9 .547 .167 .711 8.4 2.3 1.22 .88 12.8
Craig Hodges 73 0 11.5 .424 .383 .963 .6 1.3 .47 .03 5.0
Dennis Hopson 61 0 11.9 .426 .200 .663 1.8 1.1 .41 .23 4.3
Michael Jordan 82 82 37.0 .539 .312 .851 6.0 5.5 2.72 1.01 31.5
Stacey King 76 6 15.8 .467 .000 .704 2.7 .9 .32 .55 5.5
Cliff Levingston 78 0 13.0 .450 .250 .648 2.9 .7 .37 .55 4.0
John Paxson 82 82 24.0 .548 .438 .829 1.1 3.6 .76 .04 8.7
Will Perdue 74 3 13.1 .494 .000 .670 4.5 .6 .31 .77 4.1
Scottie Pippen 82 82 36.8 .520 .309 .706 7.3 6.2 2.35 1.13 17.8
Scott Williams 51 0 6.6 .510 .500 .714 1.9 .3 .24 .25 2.5

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
B. J. Armstrong 17 16.1 .500 .600 .800 1.6 2.5 1.12 .06 5.5
Bill Cartwright 17 30.1 .519 .000 .688 4.7 1.9 .53 .41 9.5
Horace Grant 17 39.2 .583 .000 .733 8.1 2.2 .88 .35 13.3
Craig Hodges 17 12.3 .423 .393 .750 .2 .6 .65 .00 4.7
Dennis Hopson 5 3.6 .333 .000 .444 .8 .2 .00 .20 1.6
Michael Jordan 17 40.5 .524 .385 .845 6.4 8.4 2.35 1.35 31.1
Stacey King 11 7.8 .296 .000 .636 2.0 .2 .09 .09 2.1
Cliff Levingston 17 11.3 .512 .000 .500 2.4 .4 .59 .41 2.6
John Paxson 17 28.6 .530 .143 1.000 1.4 3.1 .65 .00 8.2
Will Perdue 17 11.6 .547 .000 .545 3.8 .2 .12 .47 4.1
Scottie Pippen 17 41.4 .504 .235 .792 8.9 5.8 2.47 1.12 21.6
Scott Williams 12 6.0 .462 .000 .550 1.7 .2 .08 .25 1.9

Playoffs

East First Round

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) New York Knicks: Bulls win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Chicago won 4-2)

East Conference Semifinals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers: Bulls win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 4): Chicago 105, Philadelphia 92
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 6): Chicago 112, Philadelphia 100
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 10): Philadelphia 99, Chicago 97
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 12): Chicago 101, Philadelphia 85
  • Game 5 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 14): Chicago 100, Philadelphia 95

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Chicago won 4-1)

East Conference Finals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Bulls win series 4-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4-3)

NBA finals

Game 1

Sunday, June 2, at the Chicago Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Los Angeles 29 22 24 18 93
Chicago 30 23 15 23 91

Game 2

Wednesday, June 5, at the Chicago Stadium The Bulls shot a Finals record 61.7% from the floor, with a Jordan layup over Sam Perkins a highlight.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Los Angeles 23 20 26 17 86
Chicago 28 20 38 21 107

Game 3

Friday, June 7, at the Great Western Forum

Team 1 2 3 4 OT Tot.
Chicago 25 23 18 26 12 104
Los Angeles 25 22 25 20 4 96

Michael Jordan sends Game 3 to overtime with a pull-up jumper with 3.4 seconds to go.

Game 4

Sunday, June 9, at the Great Western Forum

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Chicago 27 25 22 23 97
Los Angeles 28 16 14 24 82

Game 5

Wednesday, June 12, at the Great Western Forum

The Lakers were facing elimination, and the lack of Worthy and Scott was not any help to the Lakers. This would not stop Magic Johnson as Johnson had 20 assists in the game, but it was not enough. Elden Campbell outscored Michael Jordan with 13 points in the first half, but it was not enough. The Lakers still fought and even led 93-90 in the fourth quarter, but a Bulls 9-0 run, and Paxson's 10 points in the final half of the fourth quarter helped secure the Chicago Bulls', and Michael Jordan's first NBA title.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Chicago 27 21 32 28 108
Los Angeles 25 24 31 21 101

Award winners

NBA All-Star Game

  • Michael Jordan, Guard

Transactions

References


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