Bulls celebrate 20th anniversary of first NBA title



To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first NBA Championship in 1991, the Bulls welcomed back former players and coaches from the 1990-91 season for a recognition ceremony during halftime on March 12, 2011.
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Chicago Bulls celebrate 20th anniversary of first NBA Championship

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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first NBA Championship in 1991, the Chicago Bulls welcomed back former players and coaches from the 1990-91 season for a recognition ceremony during halftime at their March 12, 2011 game versus the Utah Jazz.

Bulls’ legends and Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen attended and participated in the celebration, along with John Paxson, Horace Grant, Stacey King, Craig Hodges, Will Purdue, Scott Williams, Cliff Levingston, Dennis Hopson and Assistant Coach Johnny Bach. Former Bulls’ broadcaster Jim Durham emceed the halftime ceremony.

The 1990-91 team finished with a 61-21 record and won the NBA Championship on June 12, 1991 by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in the NBA Finals.

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1990-91 Bulls
The 1990-91 team finished with a 61-21 record and won the NBA Championship by defeating the Lakers 4-1 in the 1991 NBA Finals.

1990-91 Chicago Bulls essentials


Regular Season Record: 61-21 (.744)

Playoff Record: 15-2 (.882)

Head Coach: Phil Jackson

Assistant Coaches: Johnny Bach, Jim Cleamons, Tex Winter

Starters: Bill Cartwright, Horace Grant, Michael Jordan, John Paxson, Scottie Pippen

Reserves: B.J. Armstrong, Craig Hodges, Dennis Hopson, Stacey King, Cliff Levingston, Will Perdue, Scott Williams

Regular Season: Finished with a then club record 61 wins ... first time the franchise had a 60-plus win season ... set a team record for most points scored in a regulation game when they defeated Phoenix 155-127 on 12/04/90 ... drew 10,000,000th fan for a home game on 12/14/90 ... held the Cleveland Cavaliers to just five first-quarter points on 12/15/91 ... recorded longest home win streak ever with 26 straight in the Stadium from 12/18/90 to 03/23/91 ... went 11-1 in February for best month in team history.

Playoffs: Won franchise’s first NBA title ever, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in the NBA Finals ... defeated New York in the first round, 3-0; won Game 1 by a record 41 points ... defeated Philadelphia 4-1 in Eastern Conference Semifinals ... swept Detroit 4-0 in Eastern Conference Finals to earn first trip ever to NBA Finals.

Honors: Michael Jordan named NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team and captured fifth straight scoring title ... was a member of 1991 All-Star team ... Scottie Pippen was named to the All-Defensive Second Team ... Craig Hodges won his second consecutive Three-Point Shootout championship at the 1991 All-Star Weekend by hitting 19 straight shots ... Bulls’ home sellout streak reached 190 games (includes regular season and playoffs - 160 and 30, respectively).