This week in Bulls history starts off with some random stats and finishes up with stuff Michael Jordan did between November 17th and the 23rd.
November 23, 1966: Jerry West and Elgin Baylor combined for 67 points to beat Chicago 154-130, the first loss to the Lakers in franchise history (the Bulls had won the previous two meetings). However, this is a loss that left its mark on the Bulls’ record book.
- The Laker’s 154 points is the 3rd most points by a Bulls’ opponent in franchise history (2nd if you do not count an overtime game in 1984 in which the Trail Blazers scored 155).
- The Lakers 91 2nd half points is the most points ever scored by an Bulls’ opponent in a half of basketball.
- The Lakers 42 3rd quarter points is the 3rd most points scored by a Bulls’ opponent in the 3rd period.
- And last, the Lakers’ 49 4th quarter points is the 2nd most points by a Bulls’ opponent in a single quarter (#1 is a 50 point quarter by the Pistons in 1/22/1980).
November 20, 1977: The Bulls held the Lakers to only 6 1st quarter points, the 2nd lowest quarter point total for a Bulls’ opponent in franchise history (the lowest is 5 by the Cavs in 1990). The Bulls led at the end of the 1st period 28-6 and went on to win 102-80.
November 21, 1980: Both the Bulls and the Knicks forgot their defense in this game and the Bulls led 45-39 after 1 quarter. Chicago went on to win the game 130-121 and the 45 1st quarter points is the most points by a Bulls team in the opening quarter.
While the focus is on random quarter stats…
November 18, 1980: The Bulls lost to the Celtics 113-112 but not before they had the best 3rd period in franchise history, by scoring 44 points, which unfortunately were offset by the horrible 15 point 4th period.
November 23, 1983: The Bulls either opened the 2nd period sluggish, or the Jazz came out on fire, but either way, Chicago gave up 46 2nd quarter points to the Utah Jazz in the first game of their 1983 road trip in Las Vegas. The Bulls recovered and won the game 128-117 but Utah’s 46 point 2nd quarter remains the most by an opponent in the 2nd period. This was also the only win on the 6 game road trip.
Ok, that’s about all of the meaningless records for this week in November and when one runs out of them there is always a fall back option: things Michael Jordan did.
November 20, 1992: Michael Jordan put up an amazing stat line in this 120-118 loss to the Lakers in overtime. In 47 minutes Jordan was 21/39, had 54 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, and 3 blocks.
November 21, 1995: I put this 108-102 victory over Dallas in here because I thought the stat lines for Jordan and Pippen were beautiful, and it was the first OT game of the 1995-96 season. Parts 1 & 2 are below.
Michael Jordan: 36 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Scottie Pippen: 26 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 5 blocks
November 23, 1996: The Bulls were off to their best start in franchise history (12-0) entering this game against the Utah Jazz. Jordan scored 44 (18 in the 1st quarter) but could not stop the Jazz from handing the Bulls their 1st loss of the 1996-97 season.
And last but not least…
November 21, 1997: Since the Bulls face the Clippers tonight, get ready for it by watching the highlights from this vintage 49 point Jordan performance and 111-102 double overtime victory.
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