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SECAUCUS, N.J., March 28, 2007 -- With the Dallas Mavericks storming toward 70 wins, we here at NBA.com thought it was a good time to take a look at the only NBA team to ever reach the 70-win plateau: The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

You may recall that team with their 72 wins and Finals title. You may remember their global icon, Michael Jordan and his NBA All-First Team compatriot Scottie Pippen. Then you had Phil Jackson as Coach of the Year, Toni Kukoc winning the Sixth Man Award and Dennis Rodman -- oh, Dennis Rodman -- winning his fifth rebounding title.

From the beginning of the 1995-96 season, everything seemed to click for the Bulls. They were 10-1 out of the blocks, then 23-2, then suddenly, after an 18-game win streak, 41-3. Did you see that: 41-3! (That's a .931 clip.) Incredible.

They reached 60-8 (.882) with 14 games to play. At this point, getting 70 and besting the 69-win record set by those amazing 1971-72 Lakers seemed to be inevitable. After a six-game win streak (their third of that exact length that season), the Bulls lost and stood at 66-9 (.880). But if they could win 88 percent of their games, they could surely go 4-3 to ensure 70 wins.

As it turned out, the Bulls did not suffer from fatigue or pressure or over-confidence. When they won No. 70, 86-80 in Milwaukee on April 16, it was historic, not surprising.

So, take a journey back into time and see what made that '95-96 Bulls team one for the ages.

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Best Team Ever? Ten Reasons Why

Debate? What debate? According to Scottie Pippen there isnít any when it comes to the greatest NBA team of all time.

ďI think the í96 Bulls are the greatest of all time. I think the 72-10 record speaks for itself and the fact that we were able to cap it off with a championship. What it boils down to is we had a dominant style, a dominant defense and we were a very good offensive team. It was the way we dominated our opponents that separated ourselves.Ē
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Best Team Ever? Q&A with Scottie Pippen

NBA.com: Are the 1995-96 Bulls the greatest of all time?
Pippen
: Yes, I think the í96 Bulls are the greatest of all time. I think the 72-10 record speaks for itself and the fact that we were able to cap it off with a championship. What it boils down to is we had a dominant style, a dominant defense and we were a very good offensive team. It was the way we dominated our opponents that separated ourselves.
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Best Team Ever? Q&A with Steve Kerr

NBA.com: Are the 1995-96 Bulls the greatest of all time?
Kerr
: I donít know about that. I think comparing eras is really difficult to do just because of the league changes, expansion, player turnover, but certainly that team is right up there. To me, I donít go back to the í60s, but from the í70s on, you think about the Lakers and the Celtics of the mid-í80s, the Sixers had some great teams, so itís tough to compare one to another. But the Bulls are right up there.
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This Year's Mavs: History in the Making?

Allow us to say this as simply as we can: we shouldn't be writing this article. At least not after the way the Dallas Mavericks started their 2006-07 season.

No, we didn't think we'd be here just after spring had sprung speculating about the Mavericks' possibly winning 70 games this season. There could be no possible way that Dallas could win 70 after starting the season 0-4.
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Best Team Ever? Q&A with Gail Goodrich

Prior to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls winning 72 games, no team in NBA history had won more game in a regular season game than the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. In reeling off a major professional sports record 33-consecutive wins, the Lakers tallied a then-record 69 wins.

Hall of Famer and NBA TV analyst Gail Goodrich led that team in scoring (25.9 points per game, one-tenth of a point ahead of Jerry West at 25.8), free throw percentage (.850) and was second on the team in assists (365). We asked Goodrich about the '72 Lakers team, the '96 Bulls and the '07 Mavs.
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