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The 1991 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
was the championship round of the 1990–91 NBA season. It was also the first NBA Finals
NBA Finals
broadcast by NBC after 17 years with CBS. The documentary "Learning to Fly," narrated by Jeff Kaye, recaps Chicago's successful first championship season. The theme song is "Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
of the Eastern Conference took on the Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference for the title, with Chicago
Chicago
having home court advantage. It was Michael Jordan's first NBA Finals appearance, Magic Johnson's last, and the last NBA Finals
NBA Finals
for the Lakers until 2000. The Bulls would win the series, 4-1. Jordan averaged 31.2 points on 56% shooting, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks en route to his first NBA Finals
NBA Finals
MVP Award.[1] The series was not the first time that the Bulls and Lakers faced off in the playoffs. Prior to 1991, they met for four postseason series (1968, 1971, 1972 and 1973), all Lakers victories. Chicago
Chicago
was a member of the Western Conference at the time and moved into the East in 1981. The 1991 Finals marked the first time the Bulls defeated the Lakers in a playoff series. This series would mark the end of the Lakers Showtime era and the beginning of the Bulls' dynasty. After winning five championships in eight finals appearances in the 1980s, the Lakers would struggle for the rest of the 1990s before winning five championships between the 1999-2000 and 2009-10 seasons. The 1991 Lakers were led by Johnson, already in his thirties and playing in his last full year, as well as fellow All-Star teammate James Worthy; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
had retired two seasons earlier. The Bulls, led by NBA MVP Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
and superstar small forward Scottie Pippen, would win five more championships after 1991 in a seven-year span, cementing their status as a dynasty. When it was all said and done, Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
became only the third man in NBA history (after George Mikan
George Mikan
and Abdul-Jabbar) to capture the scoring title and the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Championship in the same season. Until 2015, the Bulls were the last team to win an NBA championship despite fielding a full roster lacking in championship or Finals experience. None of the Bulls players had logged even a minute of NBA Finals experience prior to this.

Contents

1 Background

1.1 Chicago
Chicago
Bulls 1.2 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers 1.3 Road to the Finals 1.4 Regular season series

2 1991 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
team rosters

2.1 Chicago
Chicago
Bulls 2.2 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers

3 Series summary

3.1 Game 1 3.2 Game 2 3.3 Game 3 3.4 Game 4 3.5 Game 5

4 Quotes from the Finals 5 Player statistics 6 Media coverage 7 Aftermath 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Background[edit] Chicago
Chicago
Bulls[edit] Main article: 1990–91 Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
season The 1990–91 season marked the Bulls' 25th in franchise history. The team was coming off a grueling seven-game loss to the Detroit Pistons in the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals, and in the six years since Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
joined the Bulls, they were showing signs of improvement. They managed to put it all together that season, winning a then-franchise record 61 games. Jordan won the scoring title for a fifth consecutive season, but the team was no longer a one-man show of years past. Instead, Jordan distributed the ball with regularity, thanks in large part to the triangle offense instituted by head coach Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
and assistant Tex Winter. This gave the Bulls additional offensive weapons to choose from, ranging from wingman Scottie Pippen and post players Horace Grant and Bill Cartwright
Bill Cartwright
to shooters such as John Paxson and B. J. Armstrong. Jordan's improved all-around play earned him his second MVP award. In the playoffs, the Bulls lost only once in the first three rounds. They swept the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
in the first round, then eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round. Their much-awaited rematch with the Detroit Pistons in the conference finals showcased the maturity and poise that the Bulls displayed all season, as they swept the injury-riddled Pistons team. In a last show of defiance, most of the Pistons walked off the court with :08 left on the clock in a blowout loss at home so as not to congratulate the new Eastern Conference champions, though Joe Dumars, Vinnie Johnson, and John Salley did remain to shake the Bulls' hands.[2] Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers[edit] Main article: 1990–91 Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
season The Lakers were coming off a stunning second round loss to the Phoenix Suns in the playoffs. Even though the Lakers won 63 games that season, and Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
won league MVP and surpassed Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson
for the all-time career assist record, it was clear that the team was growing weary of Pat Riley's intense approach. The Lakers replaced Riley with Mike Dunleavy, Sr., formerly an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. Dunleavy then abandoned the trademark Showtime offense in favor of a more deliberate style of play, but despite the change in playbook, the Lakers still enjoyed an impressive season, winning 58 games. In the playoffs, the Lakers swept the Houston Rockets in the first round, then eliminated Run TMC
Run TMC
and the Golden State Warriors in the second round. Next up for the Lakers were the Portland Trail Blazers, who were coming off a trip to the NBA finals the previous year. The Lakers stunned the Blazers in Portland to open the series, and they went on to win the conference finals in six games. Road to the Finals[edit] Main article: 1991 NBA Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(Western Conference Champion) Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
(Eastern Conference Champion)

# Western Conference

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Team W L PCT GB

1 z-Portland Trail Blazers 63 19 .768 –

2 y-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 8

3 x- Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers 58 24 .707 5

4 x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 8

5 x-Utah Jazz 54 28 .659 9

6 x-Houston Rockets 52 30 .634 11

7 x-Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 19

8 x-Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22

9 Orlando Magic 31 51 .378 32

10 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Clippers 31 51 .378 32

11 Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 34

12 Dallas Mavericks 28 54 .341 35

13 Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 38

14 Denver Nuggets 20 62 .244 43

3rd seed in the West, 3rd best league record Regular season

# Eastern Conference

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Team W L PCT GB

1 c- Chicago
Chicago
Bulls 61 21 .744 –

2 y-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 5

3 x-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610 11

4 x-Milwaukee Bucks 48 34 .585 13

5 x-Philadelphia 76ers 44 38 .537 17

6 x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 18

7 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 20

8 x-New York Knicks 39 43 .476 22

9 Cleveland Cavaliers 33 49 .402 28

10 Washington Bullets 30 52 .366 31

11 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 35

12 Charlotte Hornets 26 56 .317 35

13 Miami Heat 24 58 .293 37

1st seed in the East, 2nd best league record

Defeated the (6) Houston Rockets, 3–0 First Round Defeated the (8) New York Knicks, 3–0

Defeated the (7) Golden State Warriors, 4–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (5) Philadelphia 76ers, 4–1

Defeated the (1) Portland Trail Blazers, 4–2 Conference Finals Defeated the (3) Detroit Pistons, 4–0

Regular season series[edit] Both teams split the two meetings, each won by the home team:

December 21, 1990

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
103, Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
114

Chicago
Chicago
Stadium, Chicago, Illinois

February 3, 1991

Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
86, Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
99

Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California

1991 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
team rosters[edit] Chicago
Chicago
Bulls[edit]

1991 Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
Finals roster

Players Coaches

Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From

1.0 !PG 7001100000000000000♠10 USA ! Armstrong, B.J. 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1967–09–09 Iowa

6.0 !C 7001240000000000000♠24 USA ! Cartwright, Bill 7000215899999999999♠7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1957–07–30 San Francisco

4.5 !PF 7001540000000000000♠54 USA ! Grant, Horace 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1965–07–04 Clemson

2.0 !SG 7001140000000000000♠14 USA ! Hodges, Craig 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1960–06–27 Long Beach State

2.0 !SG 7000200000000000000♠2 USA ! Hopson, Dennis 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1965–04–22 Ohio State

2.0 !SG 7001230000000000000♠23 USA ! Jordan, Michael 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1963–02–17 North Carolina

4.5 !PF 7001210000000000000♠21 USA ! King, Stacey 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1967–01–29 Oklahoma

4.5 !PF 7001530000000000000♠53 USA ! Levingston, Cliff 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1961–01–04 Wichita State

1.0 !PG 7000500000000000000♠5 USA ! Paxson, John 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1959–06–13 North Carolina State

6.0 !C 7001320000000000000♠32 USA ! Perdue, Will 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1965–08–29 Vanderbilt

3.0 !SF 7001330000000000000♠33 USA ! Pippen, Scottie 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1965–09–25 Central Arkansas

4.5 !PF 7001420000000000000♠42 USA ! Williams, Scott 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1968–03–21 North Carolina

Head coach

Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
(North Dakota)

Assistant coach(es)

Johnny Bach (Fordham)

Jim Cleamons (Ohio State)

Tex Winter
Tex Winter
(Southern California)

Legend

(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended Injured

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers[edit]

1991 Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
Finals roster

Players Coaches

Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From

4.5 !PF 7001410000000000000♠41 USA ! Campbell, Elden 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1968–07–23 Clemson

6.0 !C 7001120000000000000♠12 YUG ! Divac, Vlade 7000215899999999999♠7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 243 lb (110 kg) 1968–02–03 Serbia

1.0 !PG 7001100000000000000♠10 USA ! Drew, Larry 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1958–04–02 Missouri

4.5 !PF 7001450000000000000♠45 USA ! Green, A. C. 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1963–10–04 Oregon State

1.0 !PG 7001320000000000000♠32 USA ! Johnson, Magic 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1959–08–14 Michigan State

4.5 !PF 7001140000000000000♠14 USA ! Perkins, Sam 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1961–06–14 North Carolina

2.0 !SG 7000400000000000000♠4 USA ! Scott, Byron 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1961–03–28 Arizona State

2.0 !SG 7001340000000000000♠34 USA ! Smith, Tony 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1968–06–14 Marquette

2.0 !SG 7001200000000000000♠20 USA ! Teagle, Terry 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1960–04–10 Baylor

4.5 !PF 7001300000000000000♠30 USA ! Thomas, Irving 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1966–01–02 Florida State

6.0 !C 7001430000000000000♠43 BAH ! Thompson, Mychal 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 226 lb (103 kg) 1955–01–30 Minnesota

3.0 !SF 7001420000000000000♠42 USA ! Worthy, James 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1961–02–27 North Carolina

Head coach

Mike Dunleavy, Sr. (South Carolina)

Assistant coach(es)

Bill Bertka (Kent State)

Jim Eyen (UC Santa Barbara)

Randy Pfund (Wheaton)

Legend

(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended Injured

Series summary[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team Local Time

Game 1 Sunday, June 2 Chicago
Chicago
Bulls 91–93 (0–1) Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers 2:30pm CDT

Game 2 Wednesday, June 5 Chicago
Chicago
Bulls 107–86 (1–1) Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers 8:00pm CDT

Game 3 Friday, June 7 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers 96–104 OT (1–2) Chicago
Chicago
Bulls 6:00pm PDT

Game 4 Sunday, June 9 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers 82–97 (1–3) Chicago
Chicago
Bulls 4:30pm PDT

Game 5 Wednesday, June 12 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers 101–108 (1–4) Chicago
Chicago
Bulls 6:00pm PDT

Game 1[edit]

NBC

June 2 3:30 pm EDT

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
93, Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
91

Scoring by quarter: 29–30, 22–23, 24–15, 18–23

Pts: Perkins, Worthy 22 each Rebs: Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
14 Asts: Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
11

Pts: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
36 Rebs: Horace Grant 10 Asts: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
12

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
lead the series, 1–0

Chicago
Chicago
Stadium, Chicago, Illinois Referees:

No. 25 Hugh Evans No. 14 Jack Madden No. 42 Hue Hollins

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
started dominating with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists in the first quarter alone. In the second quarter, the Lakers continued to stay competitive despite Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
not attempting one field goal in the second quarter. Despite this, Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
would hit back-to-back 3 pointers in the third quarter to give the Lakers their largest lead, and also Magic Johnson's 29th career playoff triple-double. Jordan made a comeback in the fourth quarter with 13 points, but it was Scottie Pippen's two free throws that would give the Bulls a 91-89 lead. Each team ran the shot clock down but neither could hit a shot until Sam Perkins
Sam Perkins
hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to give the Lakers a 92-91 lead. Michael Jordan's 17-foot jumper then rattled out, and Byron Scott
Byron Scott
hit one of two free throws. The Bulls were out of time outs so all they could manage was a 50-foot heave by Pippen that went off the back of the rim. This was also the last time the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
aired a Sunday afternoon game before moving to a primetime slot. Game 2[edit]

NBC

June 5 9:00 pm EDT

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
86, Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
107

Scoring by quarter: 23–28, 20–20, 26–38, 17–21

Pts: James Worthy
James Worthy
24 Rebs: Green, Johnson 7 each Asts: Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
10

Pts: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
33 Rebs: Jordan, Perdue 7 each Asts: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
13

Series tied, 1–1

Chicago
Chicago
Stadium, Chicago, Illinois Referees:

No. 11 Jake O'Donnell No. 20 Jess Kersey No. 13 Mike Mathis

The biggest decision of the game was putting Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen
on Magic Johnson, while Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
guarded Vlade Divac. This proved to be effective as Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen
stopped Magic from "going off" keeping him to only 14 points and 10 assists. For the Bulls, the hero was Horace Grant who led the Bulls with 14 first half points, while Jordan only had 2 points for the first 20 minutes; however, for Jordan, this shooting drought would only prove to be temporary and Jordan would hit his next 13 shots in compensation. The Lakers were in the game even when Chicago
Chicago
was leading 58-51 until Byron Scott
Byron Scott
fouled Pippen, and the Bulls would make 17 of their next 20 field goals in the third quarter despite Jordan spending time on the bench with foul trouble. By the time Jordan returned, their lead was 16 and then Jordan led the Bulls to an 11-0 run to a Bulls victory. The signature moment of the series came when Jordan accelerated towards the basket, raised the ball in his right hand for a dunk, then, to avoid a potential Sam Perkins block, switched the ball to his left and banked in a layup that caused a booming standing ovation at Chicago
Chicago
Stadium. Game 3[edit]

NBC

June 7 9:00 pm EDT

Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
104, Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
96 (OT)

Scoring by quarter: 25–25, 23–22, 18–25, 26–20, Overtime: 12–4

Pts: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
29 Rebs: Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen
13 Asts: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
9

Pts: Sam Perkins
Sam Perkins
25 Rebs: Sam Perkins
Sam Perkins
9 Asts: Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
10

Chicago
Chicago
lead the series, 2–1

Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Referees:

No. 10 Darell Garretson No. 17 Joey Crawford No. 21 Bill Oakes

The Bulls were having trouble in the frontcourt (in Game 1, the Lakers frontcourt outscored Chicago's 60-31). In Game 3, the Lakers would be the ones having trouble, setting a rebounding low in the Finals. Despite this problem, the Lakers went for an 18-2 run that brought them from 3 down (49-52) to 13 up (67-54). The Bulls would answer with a 20-7 run that would tie the game in the 4th quarter at 74. Horace Grant's layup gave the Bulls a 3-point lead with 1:07 to play, while Perkins then scored to cut the lead to 1 with 0:39 left. Vlade would then go for a layup, only to be fouled and give the Lakers a 2-point lead. Michael then went up and shot a 2-point field goal to tie the game. In overtime, Jordan would score half of the Bulls 12 points to win the game. Game 4[edit]

NBC

June 9 7:00 pm EDT

Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
97, Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
82

Scoring by quarter: 27–28, 25–16, 22–14, 23–24

Pts: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
28 Rebs: Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen
9 Asts: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
13

Pts: Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
27 Rebs: Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
11 Asts: Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
11

Chicago
Chicago
lead the series, 3–1

Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Referees:

No. 25 Hugh Evans No. 4 Ed T. Rush No. 27 Dick Bavetta

A ticket for Game 4 of the 1991 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
at the Great Western Forum.

The Lakers had a 28-27 lead in the first quarter; only the second time in the 1991 playoffs that a team led the Bulls at the end of the first quarter. This did not matter as Chicago
Chicago
went on a 19-9 run to start the second period and gain a 46-37 lead. While Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
scored 11 points in the second quarter, the Lakers only made 12 of their 41 shots in the second and third quarters. The Lakers faced a huge blow as Worthy and Scott left the game (and eventually the series) with ankle and shoulder injuries, respectively. With the lack of Worthy and Scott, and bad shooting (especially from Sam Perkins), the Bulls were able to take a 16-point lead in the third quarter. The Lakers refused to go down and shrank the deficit to 7 points in the fourth quarter, but it was the closest they would get, as Pippen and Jordan led the Bulls on a 19-8 run to put them one game away from their first NBA Championship. Game 5[edit]

NBC

June 12 9:00 pm EDT

Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
108, Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
101

Scoring by quarter: 27–25, 21–24, 32–31, 28–21

Pts: Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen
32 Rebs: Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen
13 Asts: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
10

Pts: Sam Perkins
Sam Perkins
22 Rebs: Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
11 Asts: Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
20

Chicago
Chicago
wins the series, 4–1

Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Referees:

No. 11 Jake O'Donnell No. 14 Jack Madden No. 13 Mike Mathis

The Lakers were facing elimination, and the absences of James Worthy and Byron Scott
Byron Scott
were not any help to the Lakers. This would not stop Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
as Johnson had 20 assists in the game. Elden Campbell outscored Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
with 13 points in the first half. The Lakers still fought and even led 93-90 in the fourth quarter, but the Bulls went on a 9-0 run, and Paxson's 10 points in the final half of the fourth quarter helped secure the Chicago
Chicago
Bulls', and Michael Jordan's, first NBA title. It was the only one of the Bulls' six Finals appearances to end in four games to one. This was also the last NBA Finals game to be played in The Forum (by the time the Lakers returned to the NBA Finals, they had moved to the new Staples Center). Quotes from the Finals[edit]

Oh, a spectacular move by Michael Jordan! — NBA on NBC's Marv Albert, calling Jordan's hand-switching moment in Game 2

Player statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Chicago
Chicago
Bulls

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Armstrong, B. J.B. J. Armstrong 5 0 7.4 .455 .000 .000 0.6 0.8 0.4 0.0 2.0

Cartwright, BillBill Cartwright 5 5 32.0 .435 .000 .667 5.0 2.4 0.6 0.6 8.8

Grant, HoraceHorace Grant 5 5 39.6 .627 .000 .750 7.8 1.6 1.6 0.6 14.6

Hodges, CraigCraig Hodges 5 0 10.6 .391 .167 .000 0.6 0.2 0.0 0.0 3.8

Hopson, DennisDennis Hopson 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan 5 5 44.0 .558 .500 .848 6.6 11.4 2.8 1.4 31.2

King, StaceyStacey King 2 0 3.0 .000 .000 1.000 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0

Levingston, CliffCliff Levingston 5 0 18.0 .615 .000 .000 2.8 0.6 1.0 1.0 3.2

Paxson, JohnJohn Paxson 5 5 31.8 .653 .250 1.000 2.0 3.4 1.0 0.0 13.4

Perdue, WillWill Perdue 5 0 7.4 .600 .000 1.000 2.4 0.2 0.0 0.2 1.6

Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen 5 5 43.6 .453 .200 .862 9.4 6.6 2.4 1.0 20.8

Williams, ScottScott Williams 4 0 11.3 .500 .000 .667 2.3 0.8 0.0 0.3 2.0

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Campbell, EldenElden Campbell 3 0 11.0 .625 .000 .750 1.3 0.0 1.0 0.7 7.7

Divac, VladeVlade Divac 5 5 41.6 .565 .000 1.000 8.8 2.0 1.8 2.4 18.2

Drew, LarryLarry Drew 4 0 5.0 .375 .000 .500 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8

Green, A. C.A. C. Green 5 1 22.6 .313 .667 .583 5.6 0.2 0.6 0.0 5.8

Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson 5 5 45.6 .431 .286 .951 8.0 12.4 1.2 0.0 18.6

Perkins, SamSam Perkins 5 5 41.2 .406 .385 .759 7.6 1.0 0.4 1.4 16.6

Scott, ByronByron Scott 4 4 35.0 .278 .200 .700 1.8 1.8 0.8 0.0 4.5

Smith, TonyTony Smith 2 0 16.0 .714 .000 .667 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 6.0

Teagle, TerryTerry Teagle 5 1 14.2 .333 .000 .786 0.4 0.2 0.6 0.2 5.0

Thompson, MychalMychal Thompson 1 0 10.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Worthy, JamesJames Worthy 4 4 41.0 .479 .167 .667 3.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 19.3

Media coverage[edit] As previously stated, this was the first Finals to be telecast in the United States
United States
by NBC. NBC Sports used Marv Albert
Marv Albert
on play-by-play and Mike Fratello
Mike Fratello
as color analyst. Ahmad Rashād
Ahmad Rashād
(for the Bulls) and Steve "Snapper" Jones (for the Lakers) served as sideline reporters. This was the only NBA Finals
NBA Finals
series in which recently departed Lakers coach Pat Riley
Pat Riley
worked as a broadcaster; he was paired with Bob Costas in the pre-game, half-time and post-game presentations. Riley was then hired as head coach by the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
in the 1991 offseason. In Chicago, this was Jim Durham's only Finals appearance as the Bulls' radio announcer (he also announced Bulls games on television via simulcast during the regular season and playoffs). He would later announce several NBA Finals
NBA Finals
games on ESPN Radio. Neil Funk succeeded Durham the following season and was the radio voice on five NBA Finals involving the Bulls (1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998). The simulcasts would also end after the season, with Wayne Larrivee (on WGN-TV) and Tom Dore (on cable) becoming the Bulls' television announcers the next season; by the 2008–09 NBA season Funk was calling television play-by-play on both networks while Chuck Swirsky called radio play-by-play. Aftermath[edit] The Bulls championship started the dynasty that lasted through the 1990s. In the 1991-92 NBA season the Bulls won their second straight NBA title, winning a then-franchise record 67 wins and defeated the Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
in six games of the 1992 NBA Finals. The Lakers' Showtime era would end on November 7, 1991, as Magic Johnson announced his retirement due to the HIV virus. He did, however, play in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game
1992 NBA All-Star Game
and eventually with the Dream Team in the 1992 Summer Olympics. The Lakers would decline in the years following Magic's retirement, being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs two straight years (1992 - 1993) before missing the playoffs entirely in 1994. It would be nine years before the Lakers returned to the NBA Finals; by then they had moved to the new Staples Center, marking the 1991 Finals the last to be held at the Forum. See also[edit]

1991 NBA Playoffs

References[edit]

^ Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
1990-91 NBA Finals, basketball-reference.com, accessed April 26, 2009. ^ Vincent Goodwill (2010-07-01). "Ex-Piston Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
regrets snub of Bulls in '91". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 

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International Amphitheatre Chicago
Chicago
Stadium United Center

Personnel

Owner: Jerry Reinsdorf Vice president of basketball operations: John Paxson General manager: Gar Forman Head coach: Fred Hoiberg

Culture

Air Jordan

Jumpman

Tommy Edwards Benny the Bull "Sirius" Ray Clay Jordan Rules Triangle offense Ashland Green/Pink Line Station Tex Winter The Spirit ( Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
statue)

Lore

Phantom Buzzer Game The Shot Disputed foul against Scottie Pippen 72–10 Michael Jordan's last shot

Rivals

Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Miami Heat New York Knicks

Retired numbers

4 10 23 33 Coach General Manager

G League affiliate

Windy City Bulls

NBA Championships (6)

1991 1992 1993 1996 1997 1998

Eastern Conference Championships (6)

1991 1992 1993 1996 1997 1998

Division titles (9)

1975 1991 1992 1993 1996 1997 1998 2011 2012

Hall of Famers

George Gervin Artis Gilmore Phil Jackson Michael Jordan Robert Parish Scottie Pippen Dennis Rodman Jerry Sloan Nate Thurmond Tex Winter Jerry Reinsdorf

Media

TV WGN (through WGN Sports) NBC Sports Chicago CN100 Radio WSCR Announcers Neil Funk Stacey King Chuck Swirsky Bill Wennington

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Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers

Founded in 1947 Played in Minneapolis (1947–1960) Based in Los Angeles, California

Franchise

Franchise Team history All-time roster Draft history Seasons Records Head coaches Current season

Arenas

Minneapolis Auditorium Minneapolis Armory Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Memorial Sports Arena The Forum Staples Center

G League affiliate

South Bay Lakers

Administration

Jeanie, Jim, and Johnny Buss (majority owners) Anschutz Entertainment Group
Anschutz Entertainment Group
(minority owner) Ed Roski Jr. (minority owner) Patrick Soon-Shiong (minority owner) Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
(President of Basketball Operations) Rob Pelinka
Rob Pelinka
(General manager) Luke Walton
Luke Walton
(Head coach)

Retired numbers

8 13 22 24 25 32 33 34 42 44 52 Chick Hearn
Chick Hearn
(Microphone)

Minneapolis Lakers Hall of Famers Mikan Mikkelsen Martin Lovellette Pollard Coach Kundla

NBA Championships (16)

1949 1950 1952 1953 1954 1972 1980 1982 1985 1987 1988 2000 2001 2002 2009 2010

Western Conference Championships (31)

1949 1950 1952 1953 1954 1959 1962 1963 1965 1966 1968 1969 1970 1972 1973 1980 1982 1983 1984 1985 1987 1988 1989 1991 2000 2001 2002 2004 2008 2009 2010

Rivalries

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Clippers San Antonio Spurs Boston Celtics Detroit Pistons

Culture and lore

Jack Kent Cooke Jerry Buss Showtime Chick Hearn Shaq–Kobe feud Lawrence Tanter Jack Nicholson "I Love L.A." Laker Girls Laker Band Dancing Barry Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies

Media

TV Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles) Radio 710 ESPN Radio 1330 ESPN Deportes Announcers Bill Macdonald Stu Lantz John Ireland Mychal Thompson

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1990–91 NBA season
1990–91 NBA season
by team

1990 NBA draft All-Star Game Playoffs Finals Transactions

Eastern

Atlantic

Boston Miami New Jersey New York Philadelphia Washington

Central

Atlanta Charlotte Chicago Cleveland Detroit Indiana Milwaukee

Western

Midwest

Dallas Denver Houston Minnesota Orlando San Antonio Utah

Pacific

Golden State L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers Phoenix Portland Sacramento Seattle

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NBA on NBC

Related programs

NBA Showtime NBA Inside Stuff NBA on USA

Non-NBA programs

College Basketball on NBC Olympics on NBC

Related articles

Ratings (NBA Finals) NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC Like Mike 2002 FIBA World Championship

NBC Sports Regional Networks Bay Area (Golden State Warriors) Boston (Boston Celtics) California
California
(Sacramento Kings) Chicago
Chicago
( Chicago
Chicago
Bulls) Northwest (Portland Trail Blazers) Philadelphia (Philadelphia 76ers) Washington (Washington Wizards)

Commentators

All-Star Game NBA Finals WNBA Finals

Key figures

Marv Albert Mike Breen Bob Costas Don Criqui Jerry Doggett Dick Enberg Marty Glickman Jim Gordon Curt Gowdy Greg Gumbel Tom Hammond Dan Hicks Jim Lampley Joel Meyers Bob Neal Lindsey Nelson Bill O'Donnell Bud Palmer Paul Sunderland Bob Wolff

Color commentators

Quinn Buckner P. J. Carlesimo Doug Collins Chuck Daly Mike Dunleavy Sr. Cotton Fitzsimmons Mike Fratello Matt Guokas Dan Issel Steve Jones Magic Johnson Joe Lapchick Ron Rothstein Isiah Thomas Bill Walton

Sideline reporters

Jim Gray Lewis Johnson Andrea Joyce Lisa Malosky Ahmad Rashād Hannah Storm

Studio analysts

Pat Croce Julius Erving Kevin Johnson Pat Riley John Salley Tom Tolbert Peter Vecsey Jayson Williams

NBA Finals

1955 (Games 2, 6) 1956 (Game 1) 1957 (Games 1, 7) 1958 (Game 1) 1959 (Games 1-2) 1960 (Games 1, 3-4, 7) 1961 (Games 1, 3-4) 1962 (Games 1-2) 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

WNBA Finals

1997 (Game 1) 1998 (Games 1-2) 1999 (Games 2-3) 2000 (Game 2) 2001 (Game 2) 2002 (Game 2)

All-Star Game

1959 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002

Music

"All Fired Up" "An American Symphony" "Cliffhanger Theme" "Crockett's Theme" "Desert Ride" "Fly Away" (1999 NBA Finals) "Gettysburg" (main theme) "How's It Going to Be" "I Believe I Can Fly" (1997 NBA Finals) "Return to Innocence" "Roundball Rock" " The Dream Is Still Alive
The Dream Is Still Alive
(1991 NBA Finals) "These Are Days" "Titan Spirit" "To the Flemish Cap" "Unbelievable" "Winning It All" (1992-1996)

Lore

Christmas Day O.J. Simpson's low-speed freeway chase The Clock Incident Clutch City Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals Memorial Day Miracle

Rivalries Bulls–Knicks Jazz–Rockets

Website: NBA - NBC Sports

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Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special

1975–1990

1975 World Series
1975 World Series
(1975–76) 1976 Summer Olympics
1976 Summer Olympics
(1976–77) Heavyweight championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali
and Leon Spinks (1977–78) Super Bowl XIII
Super Bowl XIII
(1978–79) 1980 Winter Olympics
1980 Winter Olympics
(1979–80) 1981 Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
(1980–81) 1982 Men's NCAA Basketball National Championship (1981–82) 1982 World Series
1982 World Series
(1982–83) Not awarded (1983–84) 1984 Summer Olympics
1984 Summer Olympics
(1984–85) Not awarded (1985–86) 1987 Daytona 500
1987 Daytona 500
(1986–87) 1987 Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
(1987–88) 1988 Summer Olympics
1988 Summer Olympics
(1988) 1989 Indianapolis 500
1989 Indianapolis 500
(1989) 1990 Indianapolis 500
1990 Indianapolis 500
(1990)

1991–2009

1991 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
(1991) 1992 Breeders Cup
Breeders Cup
(1992) 1993 World Series
1993 World Series
(1993) 1994 Stanley Cup Finals (1994) Cal Ripken, Jr.'s 2,131st consecutive game (1995) 1996 World Series
1996 World Series
(1996) 1997 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
(1997) Mark McGwire's 62nd home run (1998) 1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
(1999) 2000 World Series
2000 World Series
(2000) 2001 World Series
2001 World Series
(2001) 2002 Winter Olympics
2002 Winter Olympics
(2002) 2003 Major League Baseball postseason (2003) 2004 Masters Tournament (2004) 2005 Open Championship
2005 Open Championship
(2005) 2006 Major League Baseball postseason (2006) 2007 Fiesta Bowl
2007 Fiesta Bowl
(2007) 2008 U.S. Open Golf Championship (2008) Super Bowl XLIII
Super Bowl XLIII
(2009)

2010–present

2010 FIFA World Cup Final
2010 FIFA World Cup Final
(2010) 2011 World Series
2011 World Series
(2011) Super Bowl XLVI
Super Bowl XLVI
(2012) 2013 World Series
2013 World Series
(2013) Super Bowl XLIX
Super Bowl XLIX
(2014) Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50
(2015) 2016 W

.