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On this date in Chicago Bulls history...


January

1/1/68 - The Bulls play the team's first-ever game on New Year's Day, defeating the Baltimore Bullets 109-103 before 1,388 in Chicago. All-time on New Year's Day, the Bulls are 3-2.

1/8/70 - Center Tom Boerwinkle hauls in a franchise record 37 rebounds versus the Phoenix Suns at Chicago Stadium.

1/15/99 - Tim Floyd named Head Coach, leaving his position as Director of Basketball Operations.

1/16/93 - Michael Jordan scores 60 or more points for the fifth and final time in his career, dropping 64 on the Orlando Magic at the United Center.

1/22/99 - The Bulls sign free agent forward Scottie Pippen and trade him to the Houston Rockets for forward Roy Rogers and a future second round draft pick. In 11 seasons with the Bulls, Pippen averaged 18.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

1/25/98 - The Bulls host the largest home crowd in regular season history, losing 101-94 to the Utah Jazz before 24,361 fans at the United Center.

February

2/1/96 - The Bulls defeated Sacramento 105-85 and improved to 40-3, the most NBA victories ever in a season with three losses. That broke the record of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who began the season 39-3 but lost their 43rd game. The 1995-96 Bulls went on to finish 72-10, the best regular-season record in NBA history.

2/6/73 - Bob Love scores 49 points for the second consecutive game as the Bulls defeat Kansas City in Chicago.

2/9/91 - Craig Hodges of the Chicago Bulls set an All-Star Saturday record in Charlotte by hitting 19 straight shots in the Three-Point Shootout. That streak, which helped Hodges capture his second consecutive shootout title, broke Larry Bird's streak of making 11 straight three-point shots in 1986.

2/11/81 - Guard Ricky Sobers makes his first free throw, but misses his second. The miss makes it 49 consecutive free throws for Sobers, a Chicago Bulls record.

2/15/84 - The Bulls trade guard Reggie Theus to Kansas City for forward Steve Johnson and three second round draft choices. In his career with the Bulls, Theus averaged 18.8 points and 5.6 assists, but had gotten off to a slow start over the first 31 games of the 1983-84 season, averaging only 8.8 points and shooting .388 from the floor.

2/18/96 - Michael Jordan (44) and Scottie Pippen (40) become the ninth pair in NBA history to score 40 or more points in a single game as the Bulls defeat the Indiana Pacers 110-102 at Market Square Arena.

March

3/5/69 - Legendary Bulls guard Jerry Sloan scores a career-high 43 points versus Milwaukee.

3/8/94 - Scottie Pippen and Pete Myers both complete four-point plays versus Atlanta, becoming the first pair in NBA history to achieve that feat in the same game.

3/9/71 - The Bulls break Milwaukee's 20-game winning streak, defeating the Bucks 110-103 in overtime. Tom Boerwinkle grabs 33 rebounds in the victory.

3/14/98 - Michael Jordan becomes the Bulls all-time leading rebounder, passing Tom Boerwinkle.

3/18/95 - In a two-word press release simply stating, "I'm Back," Michael Jordan announces his return to the Chicago Bulls after an 893-day retirement. Jordan started and scored 19 points the following day in a 103-96 overtime loss at Indiana.

3/19/67 - The Bulls defeat the L.A. Lakers 122-109 to record their 33rd victory of the season, an NBA record for wins in a season by an expansion team.

3/23/69 - The Detroit Pistons score 158 points versus the Bulls, the highest opponent point total in Bulls history.

3/26/85 - Jerry Krause named Vice President, Basketball Operations.

3/27/68 - Guard Flynn Robinson scores 41 points to lead the Bulls to the first playoff victory in team history, 104-98, versus the L.A. Lakers.

3/28/90 - Michael Jordan scores a career-high 69 points versus the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Richfield Coliseum.

April

4/2/96 - The Bulls sign free agent hold out Brian Williams, a 6-11 center from Arizona who had sat out the entire 1995-96 season to that point. A valuable contributor to the team's championship run, Williams averaged 7.0 points and 3.7 rebounds over the final nine games of the season.

4/16/96 - The Chicago Bulls bettered the 1971-72 Lakers' NBA record of 69 victories in one season with an 86-80 defeat of Milwaukee. The Bulls would finish the season 72-10, the best single-season record in NBA history.

4/20/86 - Michael Jordan scores an NBA-playoff record 63 points at Boston. Larry Bird, in the post-game press conference went on to remark, "That was God disguised as Michael Jordan."

4/21/96 - Chicago's Michael Jordan sets an NBA record by winning his eighth NBA scoring title (breaking Wilt Chamberlain's record of seven) after scoring 2,491 points in 82 games (30.4 ppg).

May

5/9/89 - Michael Jordan scores 34 points, has 10 rebounds and passes 12 assists for the first playoff triple-double in team history.

5/20/96 - Michael Jordan earned 96.5 percent of first-place votes (109 of 113) to win the 1995-96 NBA MVP for the 4th time in his career. MJ averaged 30.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.3 apg and 2.20 spg in leading the Bulls to their fourth title.

5/21/91 - The Chicago Bulls set an NBA record with their 15th consecutive playoff victory at home with a 105-97 victory over Detroit in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Chicago Stadium. The streak was snapped on June 2, 1991 by the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

June

6/13/97 - The Bulls host a team-record 24,544 at the United Center in Game Six of the 1997 NBA Finals as the Bulls clinch their fifth NBA World Championship.

6/16/96 - Paced by Michael Jordan's 22 points and seven assists, Dennis Rodman's 19 rebounds and Scottie Pippen's 17 points and four steals, the Chicago Bulls defeated Seattle 87-75 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to clinch the Bulls' fourth championship in six seasons. Jordan became the only player to win the NBA Finals MVP Award four times, after averaging 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the Finals.

6/20/93 - John Paxson's clutch three-pointer gives the Bulls a one-point lead with seconds remaining, 99-98. Horace Grant blocked Kevin Johnson's shot at the buzzer as the Bulls capture their third straight NBA World Championship.

6/27/88 - The Bulls trade Charles Oakley to the New York Knicks for center Bill Cartwright.

6/30/99 - The Bulls make Duke forward Elton Brand the first No. 1 overall draft pick in team history.

July

7/10/89 - The Bulls name Phil Jackson Head Coach. Jackson would go on to compile a 545-193 (.738) regular season record and win six NBA World Championships.

7/23/98 - Tim Floyd is named Director of Basketball Operations after a successful collegiate coaching career at New Orleans and Iowa State.

August

8/5/76 - The Bulls select center Artis Gilmore No. 1 overall in the ABA Dispersal Draft. The 7-2, 265-pounder would go on to play seven seasons in Chicago, averaging 19.3 points and 11.1 rebounds.

September

9/3/74 - The Bulls trade center Clifford Ray, a draft choice and cash to the Golden State Warriors for center Nate Thurmond. Thurmond played two seasons with the Bulls, averaging 7.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 93 games. Ray went on to average 9.0 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Ray also came back to haunt the Bulls as the Warriors defeated the Bulls 4-games-to-3 in the Western Conference finals and eventually sweep the Washington Bullets, 4-0 for the NBA World Championship.

October

10/2/95 - Traded center Will Perdue to the San Antonio Spurs for forward Dennis Rodman. Rodman would go on to lead the NBA in rebounding for three straight seasons as the Bulls would win three consecutive championships.

10/18/66 - In the first-ever game in team history, Jerry Sloan scores 26 points, leading the Bulls to a 119-116 victory over San Francisco at the Chicago Amphitheater.

10/18/74 - Center Nate Thurmond scores 22 points, grabs 14 rebounds, dishes 13 assists and makes 12 blocks for the only quadruple-double in Chicago Bulls history.

10/26/84 - Michael Jordan makes his Chicago Bulls debut, scoring 16 points as the Bulls defeat the Washington Bullets, 109-93 on opening night.

10/29/85 - The Bulls sign free agent guard John Paxson to an offer sheet, which San Antonio elects not to match. In his tenure with the Bulls, Paxson went on to win three world championships as a player and average 7.6 points, shooting .500 from the floor. Paxson would enjoy perhaps his finest season in 1989-90, averaging 10.0 points and shooting .516 from the floor.

10/29/85 - Michael Jordan breaks his foot in a game at Golden State.

November

11/1/86 - Michael Jordan scores 50 points on Opening Day versus the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. In Jordan's first-ever 50-point outing, the Bulls win, 108-103.

11/6/93 - The Bulls christen the United Center, losing 95-71 to the Miami Heat. Guard B.J. Armstrong becomes the first Bull to score in the new building.

11/7/68 - The Bulls obtained forward Bob Love, along with guard Bobby Weiss, from Milwaukee for guard Flynn Robinson. Love went on to average 21.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in eight seasons with the Bulls. Love currently is the team's Director of Community Relations.

11/13/94 - Mavericks forward Jamal Mashburn scores 50 points as the Bulls drop a 124-120 overtime decision to Dallas at the United Center. Mashburn's point total is the highest for an opponent versus the Bulls since 1986 (Dominique Wilkens scored 57).

December

12/4/90 - The Chicago Bulls defeat the Phoenix Suns 155-127, setting the franchise record for points scored in a game.

12/12/97 - Michael Jordan scores in double figures for the 788th consecutive game, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA record.

12/16/67 - Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 68 points, hitting 30-of-40 field goals and 8-of-22 free throws versus the Bulls at the Chicago Stadium. His point total still stands as the highest total scored versus the Bulls in team history.

12/17/96 - Scottie Pippen (35), Toni Kukoc (31) and Michael Jordan (30) become the first trio to score 30 or more points in a single-game in Bulls history as Chicago defeats the L.A. Lakers, 129-123 in overtime at the United Center.

12/21/66 - Guard Guy Rogers deals a franchise record 24 assists versus the New York Knicks at the Chicago Amphitheater.

12/22/82 - Guard Reggie Theus scores a career-high 46 points in a 140-131 loss at Boston.

12/23/97 - Head Coach Phil Jackson wins his 500th game, becoming the fastest coach in NBA history to reach that plateau.