LeBron James loves facing the Chicago Bulls, especially at the United Center. Since Michael Jordan was his childhood idol, the Chosen One always makes sure he puts on a show in the house that MJ built.
Not only has LeBron never lost a playoff series to the Bulls during his legendary career, but he’s also had some incredible scoring performances. During an April 2008 game against Chicago at the United Center, LBJ was so spectacular that he had the TV announcer yelling on the mic profusely after scoring 24 points in one quarter while not missing a shot.
LeBron James began game 10-of-10
The Bulls hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 11, 2008. The game was aired on ESPN, and LeBron started the contest off with a bang.
LeBron scored 24 points in the first quarter while shooting 10-of-10 from the field, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, and 2-of-4 from the free-throw line. He nearly outscored the Bulls by himself, as the Cavs took a 33-25 lead into the second quarter.
The TV announcers for ESPN were in awe of LeBron, who finished the game with 34 points, six rebounds, and two assists in 38 minutes. Even though the Cavs lost by five, the small forward treated the United Center crowd to a fantastic basketball spectacle.
The King thoroughly enjoys seeing the Bulls as his opponent. Not only is he 33-26 versus Chicago during the regular season, but he’s also eliminated them four times in the playoffs.
LeBron James is 4-0 against the Bulls in the playoffs
With the Cavs and Miami Heat, LeBron has faced the Bulls four times in the playoffs and won each series. He defeated Chicago in the first round of the 2010 playoffs with the Cavs, the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals with the Heat, the 2013 Eastern Conference semifinals with the Heat, and the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinals with the Cavs.
In 21 playoff games against the Bulls, LeBron is averaging 26.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 7.9 assists. He has been a thorn in Chicago’s side and destroyed the franchise the same way Jordan torched the Cavs during his Hall of Fame career. The Akron Hammer has only lost five playoff games to the Bulls and prevented guys such as Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Jimmy Butler from reaching the promised land.
The GOAT debate between Jordan and LeBron will seemingly go on forever. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, it’s evident that the latter is the greatest all-around player in NBA history.
LBJ is top-10 all-time in points and assists
The NBA has been around since 1946. Hundreds of players have established themselves as all-time greats, but only LeBron can say he’s top-10 all-time in points and assists.
Entering the 2021-22 season, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar ranks third all-time in points (35,367) and eighth in assists (9,696). LeBron is also the only player to win three Finals MVPs with three different teams. He won two in Miami, one in Cleveland, and has one in LA.
Since the Lakers are in the West and the Bulls are in the East, LeBron will only play at the United Center once in 2021-22. Basketball fans should certainly tune into that game since history has shown the 17-time All-Star will probably go off.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.