This is the first of weekly Bulls history roundups I will be posting during the season. None of these weekly posts will be a comprehensive list of everything that happened within a given week but I hope that they will serve as a quick resource for fans curious about important events (or unimportant things that I dig up) in the history of the franchise. So without further delay here is this week in Bulls history.
November 6, 1969: The Bulls were down 122-124 to the Atlanta Hawks when referee Bob Rakel waved off Tom Boerwinkle’s shot that would have tied the game because he claimed the buzzer had sounded even though the clock showed 1 second remaining. The Bulls immediately filed a protest with the league which was upheld. “The Phantom Buzzer Game” was the first protest upheld by the NBA and the game was ordered to be replayed before the next meeting between the two teams. The replay started with 1 second left, the game tied, and Atlanta in possession. The game went into overtime where Chicago lost 142-137. The game was written about by Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo in The Basketball Hall of Shame (1991)
November 4, 1973: The Bulls, only 7 seasons old, became the first Bulls team to win 9 consecutive games when they beat the Buffalo Braves. The win streak ended up going to 12 games and ended on November 13th with a loss to the Phoenix Suns.
November 8, 1984: Michael Jordan scored 33 points in his first regular season game against the New York Knicks.
November 4, 1985: X-rays revealed the fractured foot that would keep Michael Jordan sidelined for most of his 2nd season in the NBA.
November 7, 1987: Both Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant make their NBA debut with the Bulls.
November 9, 1988: Jordan drops 52 on the Celtics in one of his many signature 50 point games.
November 3, 1989: Phil Jackson made his Chicago Bulls debut against the Cavaliers in Chicago Stadium. Michael Jordan also scored 54 points in the overtime victory.
November 5, 1991: The Bulls trade Dennis Hopson for Bobby Hansen. (I put this in here because one of my favorite childhood memories was Hansen’s 3-pointer that sparked the comeback in Game 6 of the 1992 NBA Finals)
November 5, 1993: Toni Kukoc played and scored 10 points in his first regular season game for the Chicago Bulls, a 124-123 opening night victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
November 4, 1994: The Bulls played their first regular season game in the United Center, a 89-83 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
November 3, 1995: Dennis Rodman makes his Bulls debut with an 11 rebound game vs the Hornets.
November 8, 2001: The Bulls suffer their worst defeat (53 points) in team history when the lose to the Timberwolves 127-74.
November 7, 2003: Kirk Hinrich makes his Bulls and NBA debut after recovering from a viral infection that sidelined him for the first 5 games of the season.
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