‘The Last Dance’ Redux: Michael Jordan and the Bulls Avenge an Ugly Loss to the Cavaliers With an Ugly Win

Just four days after taking a 21-point road loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the “Last Dance” Chicago Bulls got an opportunity for revenge in the friendly confines of the United Center on November 15, 1997.

And while it wasn’t pretty, Michael Jordan & Co. got themselves a 79-70 victory to move to 6-4 on the young season.

As per usual, Jordan led the way for Chicago with 27 points, making 11 of 26 shots from the floor and four of seven from the foul line. Luc Longley was the only other Bull in double figures, posting 15 points while adding nine boards. Back in the starting lineup, Dennis Rodman chipped in with seven points and grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds.

Bulls vs. Cavaliers November 15, 1997
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls steals the basketball from Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mitchell Butler during the first quarter on November 15, 1997 | Vincent Laforet/AFP via Getty Images)

The Bulls shot just 39.8% from the floor, but the Cavs were even worse.

In the Veterans Day win over Chicago, Cleveland shot 55.4%. But on this night in the Windy City, the Cavs connected on just 37.2% of their attempts and made only one of nine three-pointers. They also shot a dreadful 55% from the free-throw line.

Derek Anderson led the visitors in scoring with a dozen points, while Shawn Kemp added 11 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

BullsPTSREBASTSTLBLK
Michael Jordan272420
Ron Harper28031
Dennis Rodman718210
Luc Longley159412
Toni Kukoc94710
Randy Brown80110
Scott Burrell20011
Jason Caffey62000
Joe Kleine31000
Jud Buechler00221
CavaliersPTSREBASTSTLBLK
Shawn Kemp1115111
Brevin Knight101550
Derek Anderson122210
Wesley Person85210
Zydrunas Ilgauskas108000
Vitaly Potapenko412100
Cedric Henderson64110
Bob Sura41200
Danny Ferry10000
Mitchell Butler20000
Shawnelle Scott21000

Here’s a look at the NBA standings following all the action on November 15, 1997.

Eastern ConferenceWL
Atlanta Hawks90
Miami Heat63
New York Knicks63
Charlotte Hornets53
Milwaukee Bucks53
Chicago Bulls64
New Jersey Nets43
Orlando Magic54
Cleveland Cavaliers44
Boston Celtics45
Indiana Pacers45
Washington Wizards45
Detroit Pistons46
Philadelphia 76ers26
Toronto Raptors18
Western ConferenceWL
LA Lakers70
Phoenix Suns51
Portland Trail Blazers62
San Antonio Spurs63
Seattle Supersonics63
Minnesota Timberwolves53
Utah Jazz54
Vancouver Grizzlies45
Houston Rockets34
Dallas Mavericks35
Sacramento Kings27
LA Clippers17
Denver Nuggets08
Golden State Warriors08

Up next for the “Last Dance” Bulls was a matchup with the Phoenix Suns.

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