1991-92 Chicago Bulls: Back-to-back champions
Left to right: (front): Bobby Hansen, Stacey King, Will Perdue, Cliff Levingston, Scott Williams, Craig Hodges. (middle): B.J. Armstrong, Michael Jordan, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright, Scottie Pippen, John Paxson. (back): Asst. Coach Tex Winter, Asst. Coach Jim Cleamons, Head Coach Phil Jackson, Asst. Coach Johnny Bach.
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Before the Bulls could claim back-to-back championships, they first had to rally from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. And it was a group of reserves playing with Scottie Pippen who turned the game around. Little used Bobby Hansen recorded a three and a steal, Scott Williams had a pair of blocks, and B.J. Armstrong with four assists and a jumper to cut the deficit to five almost midway through the quarter set the stage for Jordan’s return. Michael Jordan then scored 12 of the team’s last 17 points for a 97-93 victory.
After winning the 1991 championship on the road, the Bulls got to celebrate with their fans, as players scaled the scoring tables to salute the crowd. Traffic was tied up downtown as spontaneous celebrations broke out into the wee hours from the Chicago Stadium to North Michigan Avenue.
In June 1992, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Bulls captured their second world championship. Twenty years later, Bulls.com has Pippen’s take on how the young Bulls turned in a repeat performance and set the table for one of sport’s great dynasties.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Bulls’ second NBA championship, Bulls.com counted down the top 20 moments from the 1991-92 season:
No. 20: Pippen joins 40-point club in win over Bucks (Feb. 28, 1992)
No. 19: Bulls continue dominance over Detroit's Bad Boys (Jan. 24, 1992)
No. 18: Jordan torches Cavs in postseason tune-up (March 28, 1992)
No. 17: Bulls fall to Malone and the Jazz in an epic battle (Feb. 3, 1992)
No. 16: Jordan scores 40 as Bulls outlast Blazers in Finals preview (Nov. 29, 1991)
No. 15: Hodges claims third straight three-point title (Feb. 8, 1992)
No. 14: Bulls dispose of Pistons for 67th win (April 19, 1992)
No. 13: Huge 4th quarter leads Bulls past Cavs in pivotal game (May 27, 1992)
No. 12: Jordan slows Price and the Cavs as Bulls regain home court advantage (May 23, 1992)
No. 11: Armstrong lifts Bulls past Knicks to even series (May 7, 1992)
No. 10: Jordan scores 56 as Bulls sweep Heat (April 29, 1992)
No. 9: Jordan takes over down the stretch as Bulls score key win against Knicks (May 12, 1992)
No. 8: Pippen leads Bulls over Bird's Celtics on Christmas Day (December 25, 1991)
No. 7: Pippen propels Bulls back to the Finals with win over Cavs (May 29, 1992)
No. 6: Jordan and the Bulls fight back in win over Knicks (May 9, 1992)
No. 5: Jordan scores 46 as Bulls take 3-2 series lead over Blazers (June 12, 1992)
No. 4: Jordan, Pippen and Bulls throttle Knicks in Game 7 (May 17, 1992)
No. 3: Bulls celebrate while fans talk of destiny and dynasty (June 17, 1992)
No. 2: Jordan shrugs after hitting sixth three in first half of Finals opener (June 3, 1992)
No. 1: Pippen leads comeback as Bulls clinch back-to-back titles (June 14, 1992)
An overview of the 1991-92 Chicago Bulls
Record: 67-15 (first place)
Regular season: Won a then-team-record 67 games overall ... won a then-team-record 31 road games ... tied franchise-best home record with 36-5 ... won a then-team-record 14 straight games from 11/06/91 to 12/06/91 ... tied eight-game road win streak team record originally set in 1989-90 (11/06 to 11/30) ... finished with the league’s best field goal percentage (.508).
Playoffs: Won franchise’s second straight NBA title defeating Portland 4-2 in the Finals ... swept Miami 3-0 in the first round ... defeated New York 4-3 in Eastern Conference Semifinals ... beat Cleveland 4-2 in Eastern Conference Finals.
Honors: Michael Jordan was named the NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team, captured his sixth straight scoring title and started for the1992 East All-Stars ... Scottie Pippen started for the 1992 NBA East All-Stars ... Pippen was also named to All-Defensive First Team and All-NBA Second Team ... Jordan and Pippen named to 1992 Olympic basketball team ... Craig Hodges won his third straight Three-Point Shootout contest at All-Star Weekend ... Bulls’ home sellout streak reached 243 games (includes regular season and playoffs - 201 and 42, respectively).
Having led the Bulls organization to its first world championship in 1991, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson appeared on Sports Illustrated's November 11, 1991 issue previewing the 1991-92 NBA season. But there would be no SI jinx. The Bulls graced the cover of SI four more times that season, which culminated in the second of six championships. To view more of the archived Sports Illustrated covers, visit the SI Vault.