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Following a homestand in which they went a perfect 3-0, the Chicago Bulls hit the road for the fifth game of their “Last Dance” season to square off with the undefeated Atlanta Hawks on November 7, 1997.

In front of 45,790 fans at the Georgia Dome, which still stands as the sixth-largest crowd in NBA history, Michael Jordan put forth another well-rounded effort with 27 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and a steal. But it wasn’t quite enough as the Bulls fell to 3-2 on the year with an 80-78 loss.

For the third consecutive game, Jordan outscored all four of his fellow starters, as Luc Longley, Ron Harper, Randy Brown, and Jason Caffey combined for just 15 points. Well, Longley and Harper combined for 15 points anyway. Brown and Caffey each went scoreless, shooting a combined 0-for-7 from the floor.

Michael Jordan during a Bulls-Hawks matchup on November 7, 1997
Michael Jordan drives to the basket during a Chicago Bulls-Atlanta Hawks matchup on November 7, 1997 | Steven R. Schaefer/AFP via Getty Images

Toni Kukoc was the only other Bull in double figures, scoring a dozen points in just under 32 minutes off the bench. And Dennis Rodman didn’t provide much of a spark anywhere. Coming off the bench for the fifth straight game to start the season, “The Worm” had more fouls than points, five to three. The three boards were tied for his lowest output of the year.

The Hawks, on the other hand, got an incredibly balanced effort from their starting five. Mookie Blaylock led the way with 17 points, adding seven assists. Dikembe Mutombo, who would go on to win his third Defensive Player of the Year award in four years, recorded 16 points, 11 rebounds, and six blocks. And Steve Smith and Tyrone Corbin chipped in with 15 points each. Jordan’s Dream Team teammate Christian Laettner was the only Atlanta starter in single digits, scoring eight points but grabbing nine rebounds.

Michael Jordan279610
Luc Longley109200
Ron Harper53211
Randy Brown01200
Jason Caffey01000
Toni Kukoc125410
Dennis Rodman23200
Steve Kerr70130
Jud Buechler61010
Joe Kleine24010
Scott Burrell70001
Mookie Blaylock174720
Dikembe Mutombo1611116
Steve Smith153100
Tyrone Corbin157330
Christian Laettner89111
Alan Henderson57010
Ed Gray23011
Chucky Brown02000
Greg Anderson21000

Here’s a look at the NBA standings following all the action on November 7, 1997.

Eastern ConferenceWL
Atlanta Hawks50
New Jersey Nets40
Milwaukee Bucks31
Charlotte Hornets32
Chicago Bulls32
Miami Heat32
New York Knicks32
Cleveland Cavaliers22
Detroit Pistons23
Indiana Pacers23
Orlando Magic23
Washington Wizards23
Toronto Raptors13
Boston Celtics14
Philadelphia 76ers 04
Western ConferenceWL
LA Lakers30
Seattle Supersonics41
Dallas Mavericks31
Minnesota Timberwolves31
Portland Trail Blazers31
San Antonio Spurs31
Phoenix Suns21
Houston Rockets32
Utah Jazz23
LA Clippers13
Vancouver Grizzlies14
Denver Nuggets04
Golden State Warriors04
Sacramento Kings04

Up next for Jordan and the Bulls was a matchup at home the following night with the undefeated New Jersey Nets.

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