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AN MVP SEASON: MICHAEL JORDAN EARNS HIS FIRST OF FIVE MVP HONORS
1987-88 Season Highlights

   RECAP
The Bulls added two talented rookies in 1987-88, drafting Horace Grant and trading for Scottie Pippen. The new blood helped lift Chicago to a 50-32 record, the team's best result since the 1974-75 season. Jordan led the club in scoring in 81 of 82 regular-season games and topped 40 points on 18 occasions. Equally remarkable, he failed to reach 20 points only three times during the year.

Jordan won every major honor, including Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, selection to the All-NBA First Team, selection to the All-Defensive First Team, an All-Star Game MVP Award (after scoring 40 points), and the NBA Slam-Dunk Championship. He led the league in scoring with 35.0 points per game and steals with 3.16 per contest.

Chicago advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, besting the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the first round before falling to the Detroit Pistons in five games in the conference semifinals. Jordan set a playoff record for field goals made in a game with 24 against Cleveland on May 1, and established another mark in the same game by attempting 25 shots against the Cavs in a single half. In 10 playoff games, he averaged 36.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.


  HONORS
NBA Most Valuable Player
NBA Defensive Player of the Year
All-NBA First Team
NBA All-Defensive First Team
NBA All-Star Game MVP NBA All-Star Starter
Slam Dunk Champion

   REGULAR-SEASON STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
87-88 Chi 82 82 40.4 .535 .132 .841 1.7 3.8 5.5 5.9 3.16 1.6035.0

   PLAYOFF STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
87-88 Chi 10 1042.7 .531 .333 .869 2.3 4.8 7.14.7 2.40 1.1036.3

   REGULAR-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
at Detroit Pistons
Jordan forces overtime against Detroit as he buries the turnaround three at the horn in what would become "typical Michael fashion."
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vs. New Jersey Nets
The Bulls' Dave Corzine sends the long outlet pass to Jordan on the break. How does it end? Guess...
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vs. New Jersey Nets
Jordan explodes through the lane, finishing with a wicked one-handed jam over Mike Gminski of the Nets.
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at Atlanta Hawks
Michael Jordan drives, spins 180 in the air and hits the incredible layup as the Hawks' Antoine Carr fouls him.
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vs. Detroit Pistons
As time winds down, Jordan sets up teammate Horace Grant for the jam to get the best of the Pistons.
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   ALL-STAR HIGHLIGHTS
Jordan is introduced to the adoring Chicago Stadium fans before his dominating 1988 All-Star Game performance.
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MJ makes the steal and cruises in all alone for the showtime, two-handed double clutch jam.
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Jordan is awarded his first All-Star MVP trophy after tallying 40 points at Chicago Stadium in the 1988 ASG.
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Detroit's Isiah Thomas launches the alley-oop feed for MJ who throws it down for his 40th point of the game.
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   SLAM DUNK HIGHLIGHTS
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Michael Jordan lifts off from the free throw line, double clutches in midair and slams it down to win the 1988 Slam Dunk title.
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MJ lifts off on the baseline, leans sideway, and comes around with the right-handed windmill jam as he floats through the air.
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Jordan takes flight, brings the ball down between his legs and then up over his head for the two-handed reverse jam.
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   STREAMING VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
The 1988 Slam Dunk contest came down to the wire as Dominique Wilkins and hometown favorite Michael Jordan faced off for dunk title honors.
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