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JORDAN LEADS BULLS TO A LEAGUE RECORD 70 WINS
1995-96 Season Highlights


Jordan made a clean sweep of NBA honors in 1995-96.

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   RECAP
Jordan proved he was all the way back by winning a record eighth scoring championship, one more than Wilt Chamberlain, and leading the Bulls to their fourth NBA championship of the 1990s. He joined Willis Reed (1970) as only the second man to win Most Valuable Player awards for the regular season, All-Star Game and NBA Finals in the same season. Jordan started all 100 games for the Bulls-he was the only player to start all 82 regular season games for Chicago, and he also started all 18 playoff contests.

Though perhaps he drove to the hoop a bit less than earlier in his career and lacked a drop of his previous explosiveness and reckless abandon, Jordan was a far more effective and controlled jump shooter and three-point scoring threat and remained an outstanding all-around contributor. Besides his league-leading 30.4 points per game, Jordan averaged 6.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.20 steals in 37.7 minutes per game, ranking third in the league in steals. Jordan scored 40 points or more nine times, pouring in a NBA season-high 53 points against Detroit on March 7. He also had season highs of 16 rebounds at New Jersey on March 16 and eight assists against New York on Dec. 6. In the All-Star Game, he played just 22 minutes but edged out Shaquille O'Neal for MVP honors by scoring 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting and grabbing four rebounds.

Jordan led the Bulls in scoring in 17 of 18 playoff contests with a high of 46 points in Game 3 against New York. He also had 45 points in Game 4 against Orlando and 44 points in Game 1 against New York. He averaged 30.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.83 steals in 40.7 minutes per game in the playoffs, including 27.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.67 spg and 42.0 mpg in the Finals against Seattle.

  HONORS
NBA Most Valuable Player
NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
All-NBA First Team
NBA All-Defensive First Team
NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
NBA All-Star Starter

   REGULAR-SEASON STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
95-96 Chi 82 82 37.7 .495 .427 .834 1.8 4.8 6.6 4.3 2.20 0.5130.4

   PLAYOFF STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
95-96 Chi 18 18 40.7 .459 .403 .818 1.7 3.2 4.9 4.1 1.83 0.3330.7

   FINALS STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
1996 Chi 6 642.0 .415 .836 1.7 3.7 5.3 4.2 1.67 0.1727.3

   REGULAR-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Michael Jordan

 

at Miami Heat
Mike buries the clutch buzzer-beating three as the shot clock expires in Miami.
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vs. Charlotte Hornets
Michael Jordan goes right through the heart of the Hornet defense and slams it down.
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vs. Los Angeles Lakers
MJ leaps into the air and sends a no-look wraparound feed to Scottie Pippen who finishes with the dunk.
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vs. Detroit Pistons
Michael Jordan drains the patented fadeaway jumper against the Pistons on his way to 53 points.
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vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Jordan blows past Jerry Stackhouse, cuts on the baseline and scores the reverse layup.
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   PLAYOFF HIGHLIGHTS
MJ takes the feed from Pippen, sqaures up and knocks down the trey in Game 1 of the '96 NBA Finals against the Sonics.
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MJ proves deadly on the baseline as he spins and drains the tough fadeaway jumper over Hersey Hawkins in Game 2 of the '96 Finals.
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Michael Jordan

 

Jordan strokes the three and draws the foul on David Wingate to set up the rare four-point play.
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Scottie Pippen makes the steal and dishes to Jordan on the break; MJ goes up, adjusts in midair and banks home the bucket.
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Jordan finishes the break with a layup off a Pippen steal, and the two Bulls' leaders congratulate each other as the Sonics call time.
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Jordan celebrates by hugging the ball to his chest after the Bulls win their fourth NBA title in six years.
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   ALL-STAR HIGHLIGHTS
In his first All-Star game after the retirement, Jordan works the give-and-go with the Magic's Penny Hardaway and hits on the driving layup.
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Michael Jordan feeds Shaq, who has it blocked from behind, but Jordan saves it with a leap out of bounds and says, "Right back to you" as Shaq hammers it down.
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Jordan receives his second All-Star MVP award at center court in the Alamodome.
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   STREAMING VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Jordan Leads Bulls to League Record 70 Wins
The Bulls' 72-10 record during the 1995-96 regular season was the best in NBA history, and Chicago made its claim as one of the best sports teams ever.
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