The Bulls Franchise Part 2


After the 1991 championship, the Bulls looked to improve their roster even more. As good as they were, they knew it was just the beginning. With the start of the ‘91-‘92 NBA season the Bulls had high hopes. With Michael Jordan coming off his 2nd MVP season, the Bulls looked for him to be their top player along with Scottie Pippen. The 1991-1992 season was one of the best seasons for the Bulls; they finished with an astonishing 67-15 record. Michael Jordan won MVP once again with averages of 30 points and 6 assists per game. The Bulls grabbed the 1 seed in the East and looked to go back-to-back. The Bulls matched up against the Heat in the first round and swept them with ease. Jordan put up high scoring games of 46 and 56 points in two games of the series. With the Bulls playing at such a high level, they knew they had a great shot of becoming back-to-back champions.

In the second round, the Bulls played a solid Knicks team, with star players Patrick Ewing and John Starks. The Bulls lost the first game, and then came back and won the next two. With the series tied 2-2, the series traveled back to Chicago for a game 5. The Bulls won this game by 8 points, with Jordan scoring 37 points. The Knicks came back to win game 6, which forced a game 7 in Chicago. The Bulls didn’t seem to have problems with many teams except for the Knicks. With the Knicks’ duo of Patrick Ewing and John Starks, it was very hard to take them out of their game. Game 7 turned out to be completely different as the Bulls destroyed the Knicks by 29 points behind Jordan’s 42 points. The Bulls once again moved onto the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls won this series in 6 games with Jordan once again coming up with high scoring games of 35, 36, and 37 points. The Bulls had made it to the finals once again, against the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers were another tough team who had easily cruised through the Western Conference.

In game 1, the Bulls easily won by 33 points behind Jordan’s 39 points—and an NBA finals record of 6 three-pointers in one half. In game two, the Blazers came back to win by 11. The Blazers were happy to win game 2 in Chicago so that they could carry all of that momentum into game 3, 4 and 5 in Portland. The Bulls won game 3 and then lost game 4 to make the series tied at 2-2. In game 5, the Bulls won by 13. Now, the Bulls had all of the momentum going into game 6. Jordan and Pippen were both top players in the league considering Jordan’s tremendous scoring ability and Pippen’s lockdown defense. In game 6, the Bulls were equally matched throughout the whole contest, and with Clyde Drexler coming up with a huge game, it almost looked like there was going to be a game 7. Jordan and Pippen both ended up having big games with Jordan scoring 33 and Pippen with 26 points. The Blazers had a good fight but could not stop the dynamic duo. The Bulls won the game 97-93 and won back-to-back championships. The Bulls franchise had finally been put at the pinnacle of NBA basketball for two straight years. Coach Phil Jackson had only been with the Bulls for four seasons and had won two championships. The Bulls still did not want to stop now with Jordan and Pippen still having plenty of years left in their prime.