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A night after suffering a four-point loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Chicago Bulls continued their “Last Dance” campaign with what should have been an easy game against the lowly LA Clippers, who entered the November 21, 1997, matchup with a dismal 1-10 record.

But the two-time defending NBA champions got more than they bargained for as it took two overtimes and a monster night from Michael Jordan to come away with a 111-102 victory.

Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan in November 1997
Michael Jordan circa November 1997 | Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Jordan scored 49 points, which would turn out to be his highest-scoring game of the entire season, shooting 18-for-38 from the floor and 13-for-19 from the foul line. But MJ wasn’t the only Bull to have a big night. What often gets lost when this game is discussed is the fact that Luc Longley posted 22 points and 17 rebounds. Dennis Rodman also had a double-double with 10 points and 14 boards.

Lamond Murray led four Clippers in double figures with 24 points. Brent Barry kicked in 17, and Lorenzen Wright added 16. Former Michigan standout Maurice Taylor had the best game of his rookie season to that point, with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Michael Jordan495511
Luc Longley2217210
Dennis Rodman1014401
Toni Kukoc148601
Ron Harper22102
Rusty LaRue82000
Randy Brown40200
Scott Burrell02101
Bill Wennington03000
Jason Caffey24100
Jud Buechler00000
Lorenzen Wright169032
Lamond Murray249422
Pooh Richardson84700
Brent Barry172101
Rodney Rogers65101
Maurice Taylor1610102
Eric Piatkowski71010
James Robinson30000
Darrick Martin30000
Keith Closs22000

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Here’s a look at the NBA standings following all the action on November 21, 1997.

Eastern ConferenceWL
Atlanta Hawks111
Charlotte Hornets73
New York Knicks84
Miami Heat74
Orlando Magic74
New Jersey Nets64
Chicago Bulls75
Milwaukee Bucks65
Boston Celtics66
Indiana Pacers55
Cleveland Cavaliers56
Detroit Pistons48
Washington Wizards48
Philadelphia 76ers36
Toronto Raptors110
Western ConferenceWL
LA Lakers100
Phoenix Suns72
Seattle Supersonics93
Portland Trailblazers83
San Antonio Spurs74
Minnesota Timberwolves65
Houston Rockets55
Vancouver Grizzlies67
Utah Jazz56
Sacramento Kings47
Dallas Mavericks38
Golden State Warriors19
LA Clippers111
Denver Nuggets010

You may remember this game from The Last Dance documentary, as it was one of a few that were mentioned to showcase the Bulls’ slow start to the 1997-98 season. And this was a win. But more losses were in store for Chicago as Jordan & Co. continued this seven-game road trip.

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