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Coming off back-to-back bad losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards, the Chicago Bulls continued their “Last Dance” season on November 14, 1997, with a matchup against the Charlotte Hornets, needing a win to get back above .500.

And Phil Jackson got that victory with a well-balanced effort from his team, finally not needing to rely solely on Michael Jordan in a 105-92 win.

Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson circa November 1997
Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson circa November 1997 | Vincent Laforet/AFP via Getty Images

Jordan still led the way for Chicago with a game-high 28 points, adding seven assists and four rebounds. In several of the Bulls’ outings early in the year, MJ often outscored his fellow starters combined, but that certainly wasn’t the case here.

Toni Kukoc had his highest-scoring game of the young season with 18 points, while Ron Harper and Luc Longley chipped in with 16 apiece. Dennis Rodman, who was moved back to the bench to start the game, grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

Six Hornets hit double figures, but none of them scored more than 14 points. Bobby Phills and Matt Geiger hit that number, while Vlade Divac was just behind with 13. Charlotte’s usual leading scorer, Glen Rice, struggled shooting the ball, making just four of 13 shots for 10 points.

Michael Jordan284711
Luc Longley164501
Toni Kukoc181201
Ron Harper162111
Jason Caffey24100
Randy Brown82320
Dennis Rodman614200
Scott Burrell26220
Joe Kleine45000
Jud Buechler33000
Keith Booth20000
Glen Rice102110
Bobby Phills144400
David Wesley111610
Vlade Divac138310
Anthony Mason28500
J.R. Reid67101
Matt Geiger149400
Dell Curry120000
B.J. Armstrong40020
Corey Beck41200
Tony Farmer21000

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Here’s a look at the NBA standings following all the action on November 14, 1997.

Eastern ConferenceWL
Atlanta Hawks90
Milwaukee Bucks52
New Jersey Nets42
Miami Heat53
New York Knicks53
Charlotte Hornets43
Cleveland Cavaliers43
Chicago Bulls54
Orlando Magic44
Washington Wizards44
Boston Celtics35
Indiana Pacers35
Detroit Pistons36
Philadelphia 76ers25
Toronto Raptors17
Western ConferenceWL
LA Lakers70
Phoenix Suns51
San Antonio Spurs62
Portland Trail Blazers52
Seattle Supersonics63
Minnesota Timberwolves43
Utah Jazz44
Dallas Mavericks34
Houston Rockets34
Vancouver Grizzlies35
Sacramento Kings26
LA Clippers16
Denver Nuggets07
Golden State Warriors07

Up next for the “Last Dance” Bulls was a second matchup in five days with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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