‘The Last Dance’ Redux: Bulls Shake Off a Rough Shooting Night From Michael Jordan and Cruise to an Easy Win Over the Bucks

Coming off a seven-game road trip in which they went 4-3, the Chicago Bulls returned home to the friendly confines of the United Center on December 5, 1997, to continue their “Last Dance” season with a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.

But it really didn’t turn out to be much of a matchup at all.

Michael Jordan had a dreadful night, making just four of 16 shots from the floor en route to a then-season-low 13 points. Thankfully for Chicago, the supporting cast stepped up. Toni Kukoc scored 19 points, Luc Longley added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Jason Caffey chipped in with 10 points and nine boards as the Bulls cruised to an 84-62 victory.

Armen Gilliam led the way for the Bucks with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

BullsPTSREBASTSTLBLK
Michael Jordan139210
Dennis Rodman214500
Toni Kukoc192311
Luc Longley167210
Ron Harper53331
Randy Brown40440
Scott Burrell56200
Jason Caffey109010
Jud Buechler83200
Rusty LaRue00000
Bill Wennington21100
Joe Kleine02200
BucksPTSREBASTSTLBLK
Armen Gilliam1813200
Ray Allen88101
Glenn Robinson104321
Terrell Brandon42101
Ervin Johnson03001
Michael Curry22200
Ricky Pierce123000
Andrew Lang44100
Elliot Perry41000
Jerald Honeycutt01210
Jamie Feick01000

Here’s a look at the NBA standings following all the action on December 5, 1997.

Eastern ConferenceWL
Atlanta Hawks153
Miami Heat125
Cleveland Cavaliers116
Orlando Magic127
Charlotte Hornets106
Indiana Pacers106
Chicago Bulls117
New Jersey Nets117
New York Knicks107
Milwaukee Bucks108
Boston Celtics711
Washington Wizards711
Detroit Pistons712
Philadelphia 76ers411
Toronto Raptors117
Western ConferenceWL
LA Lakers152
Seattle Supersonics154
Phoenix Suns114
Houston Rockets105
Portland Trail Blazers116
Utah Jazz117
San Antonio Spurs109
Minnesota Timberwolves89
Vancouver Grizzlies713
Dallas Mavericks512
Sacramento Kings514
LA Clippers314
Golden State Warriors214
Denver Nuggets115

Up next for the “Last Dance” Bulls was a matchup with the rival New York Knicks.

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