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Two nights after surviving a double-overtime thriller against the San Antonio Spurs, the Chicago Bulls finished off a perfect three-game homestand with a 94-81 win over the Orlando Magic on November 5, 1997.

This was a true team effort for the two-time defending champs, albeit a strange one. With the exception of Dennis Rodman, who went scoreless in 24 minutes off the bench and grabbed a season-low seven rebounds, every member of the Chicago roster who entered the game scored at least five points.

Michael Jordan led the way with 29 points on 11-for-25 shooting and was the only starter in double figures. The other four — Ron Harper, Luc Longley, Jason Caffey, and Randy Brown — came up two short of MJ’s total combined, scoring 27 between the four of them. Jordan also grabbed 17 rebounds, the most he’d record all season and the second-highest total of his entire career.

Michael Jordan against Nick Anderson during a Bulls-magic matchup on November 5, 1997
Michael Jordan looks down at Nick Anderson during a Chicago Bulls-Orlando Magic matchup on November 5, 1997 | Vincent Laforet/AFP via Getty Images

Luckily, Toni Kukoc provided a spark off the bench, scoring 14 points in 22 minutes while shooting 75% from the field. The Bulls, as a whole, shot the ball well, making 48.7% of their attempts from the floor.

The Magic, however, did not, shooting a dismal 34.2%. But despite their struggles, they never allowed the Bulls to truly pull away. Breaking things down by quarter, Orlando was never outscored by more than six in a single frame. And that was in the first as Chicago held a 23-17 lead after 12 minutes.

The Bulls were just a touch better in each quarter, outscoring the Magic by four in the second, two in the third, and one in the fourth to get the 13-point victory.

Rony Seikaly had a monster outing for Orlando with 34 points, 16 coming from the foul line, while Penny Hardaway chipped in with 20. The Magic made just 25 field goals throughout the night and had only nine assists.

Michael Jordan2917400
Ron Harper92202
Luc Longley74210
Jason Caffey53110
Randy Brown61300
Steve Kerr71500
Dennis Rodman07400
Toni Kukoc143200
Joe Kleine61200
Scott Burrell65000
Jud Buechler51211
Anfernee Hardaway206310
Rony Seikaly3413221
Nick Anderson15010
Horace Grant25102
Mark Price71100
Bo Outlaw14011
Darrell Armstrong40100
Derek Strong103010
Gerald Wilkins21000
Brian Evans00100

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

Eastern ConferenceWL
Atlanta Hawks40
New Jersey Nets30
Chicago Bulls31
Miami Heat31
Milwaukee Bucks 21
New York Knicks21
Charlotte Hornets22
Detroit Pistons22
Indiana Pacers22
Washington Wizards22
Cleveland Cavaliers12
Toronto Raptors12
Boston Celtics 13
Orlando Magic13
Philadelphia 76ers03
Western ConferenceWL
LA Lakers20
Phoenix Suns20
Dallas Mavericks31
Houston Rockets31
San Antonio Spurs31
Minnesota Timberwolves21
Portland Trail Blazers21
Seattle Supersonics21
Utah Jazz13
Vancouver Grizzlies13
Denver Nuggets03
LA Clippers03
Sacramento Kings03
Golden State Warriors 04

Upon the rewatch of this game, you realize how many people who played significant parts in Michael Jordan’s career story played for the Magic at this point in time, many of whom got plenty of focus in The Last Dance documentary.

There’s Horace Grant, who, of course, was a significant piece to the Bulls’ first three-peat before he took his talents to Florida and helped Orlando defeat Chicago in the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals.

Then there’s Magic mainstay Nick Anderson, who famously stole the ball from Jordan during Game 1 of that ’95 playoff series and was essentially responsible for MJ ditching the No. 45 during his comeback season to return to his familiar No. 23.

You may have noticed Mark Price in that box score as well, against whom Jordan had many battles during those Bulls-Cavaliers matchups over the years. Former Cav Gerald Wilkins, who was once dubbed “The Jordan Stopper,” was on Orlando’s roster at this time as well.

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