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JORDAN SWEEPS MVP HONORS AND MOVES UP ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
1997-98 Season Highlights


Jordan capped off his storied career with a game-winning basket in the 1998 NBA Finals.

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   RECAP
Jordan enjoyed yet another magical season, sweeping the three MVP honors (regular season, All-Star Game and NBA Finals) and finishing it off by hitting the game-winning basket to wrap up the Bulls' sixth championship of the 1990s. Jordan's jumper with 5.2 seconds left in Game 6 gave Chicago an 87-86 victory and a 4-2 win over the Utah Jazz in the championship series. Jordan averaged 28.7 points per game to capture his 10th scoring title, building upon his NBA record.

On December 30th at Minnesota, Jordan scored in double figures for the 788th consecutive game, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record of 787 in a row. At season's end, his regular-season streak stood at 840 games--the last time he did not score in double figures was on March 22, 1986 at Cleveland when he had eight points. Jordan also moved past Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone to move into third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list behind only Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain, finishing the season with 29,277 points.

Jordan posted season-highs of 49 points on November 21 at the Los Angeles Clippers, 17 rebounds on November 5 against Orlando, nine assists on January 3 at Detroit and five steals on four occasions. He averaged 5.8 rebounds (third on the Bulls), 3.5 assists (third) and 1.72 steals (first, 16th in the NBA) in 38.8 minutes (first, 17th in the NBA) per game. He scored 40 points or more in 11 games. In the All-Star Game in New York, Jordan scored 23 points and earned MVP honors.

In the playoffs, MJ averaged 32.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.52 steals per game, while in the six-game Finals against Utah, he averaged 33.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.83 steals per game. Jordan has been the NBA Finals MVP in each of the Bulls' six championship seasons.

  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
97-98 Chi 82 82 38.8 .465 .238 .784 1.6 4.2 5.8 3.5 1.72 0.5528.7

   PLAYOFF STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
97-98 Chi 21 21 41.5 .462 .302 .812 1.6 3.5 5.1 3.5 1.52 0.5732.4

   FINALS STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
1998 Chi 6 641.7 .427 .814 1.5 2.5 4.0 2.3 1.83 0.6733.5

   REGULAR-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
vs. San Antonio Spurs
Chicago's Michael Jordan steps up in the clutch, draining the three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
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at Los Angeles Clippers
The Bulls' Michael Jordan spins past the Clippers' Lamond Murray, floating to the basket for a picturesque one-handed jam for two of his 49 points.
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vs. New York Knicks
Chicago's Michael Jordan goes up and under New York's Allan Houston and banks in the jumper, making him the NBA's third all-time scorer.
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vs. Atlanta Hawks
Michael Jordan continues to scorch the nets, knocking down the fadeaway jumper for his 47th point against the Atlanta Hawks.
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vs. Utah Jazz
Michael Jordan cuts into the paint, jukes around Utah's Shandon Anderson, elevates to the rim and slams it down one-handed over Greg Ostertag.
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vs. Atlanta Hawks
Chicago's Michael Jordan comes through in the clutch yet again, pulling up to drain the game-winning buzzer-beating jumper over Atlanta's Steve Smith and Chucky Brown.
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at New York Knicks
Despite being hammered by the Knicks' Charles Oakley, Michael Jordan pulls off the incredible, hanging, over-the-shoulder shot that bounces on the rim and falls through.
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   PLAYOFF HIGHLIGHTS
With the game tied at 91, Michael Jordan makes the pivotal steal and drives the length of the court for the jam and foul.
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Off the 3-on-1 break, Chicago's Toni Kukoc flips a perfect behind-the-back pass to Michael Jordan, who elevates for the right-handed jam.
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Following his missed three-point shot attempt, Bulls guard Steve Kerr grabs the offensive rebound and dishes it into the lane to Michael Jordan for the layin and the foul, late in the fourth quarter.
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Chicago's Michael Jordan spins away from Shandon Anderson in the post and hits the clutch right-handed layin coming down the stretch.
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With 5.2 seconds remaining, Michael Jordan knocks down the clutch jumper for his 45th point, giving the Bulls an 87-86 lead.
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Michael Jordan embraces Phil Jackson as the Bulls celebrate after defeating the Jazz to win the 1998 NBA Finals.
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Michael Jordan slides backdoor along the baseline, gets around Utah's Shandon Anderson, receives the pass from Luc Longley and jams it home.
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Michael Jordan, fouled by Utah's Greg Ostertag, flips an incredible reverse shot off the glass for two of his 24 points.
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In the final seconds of the first half, Michael Jordan dips under Utah's Bryon Russell and sinks the buzzer-beating finger-roll, giving Chicago a 39-37 lead.
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< While falling over the baseline, Michael Jordan sinks the tough behind-the-backboard jumper over Utah's Shandon Anderson to beat the shot-clock buzzer in the second quarter.
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Michael Jordan posts up Utah's Bryon Russell, spins and drains the fadeaway jumper for two points in the third quarter.
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Bulls superstar Michael Jordan talks about having to step it up in the absence of teammate Scottie Pippen.
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   ALL-STAR HIGHLIGHTS
All-Star MVP Michael Jordan glides down the lane and scoops in the underhanded finger roll while hanging in midair.
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Michael Jordan elevates to tip-slam Grant Hill's missed layup.
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School is in for young Kobe Bryant as Jordan hits his patented fadeaway jumper over the Lakers' rookie phenom in the '98 All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.
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MJ goes strong down the right side of the lane and finishes with the pretty scooping layup.
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Jordan receives his third MVP trophy on the floor at MSG.
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   STREAMING VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Jordan Jolts Jazz in Game 6
With Chicago trailing by three points, Michael Jordan scored on a drive, stripped the ball from Karl Malone, and then buried the game-winning shot with 5.2 seconds to go.
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