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A night after losing what turned out to be an Eastern Conference Finals preview against the Indiana Pacers, the “Last Dance” Chicago Bulls squared off with the Washington Wizards on November 29, 1997.

Playing the penultimate game of a seven-game road trip, it seemed early on that the Bulls would extend their losing streak to three as they were behind by 15 after the first quarter. But behind a 12-point second quarter from Michael Jordan, Chicago took a two-point lead into halftime.

The game remained close over the final 24 minutes, but the Bulls had just enough to get back in the win column, taking an 88-83 victory to move to 9-7 for the season.

Michael Jordan during a Bulls-Wizards matchup on November 29, 1997
Michael Jordan during a Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards matchup on November 29, 1997 | Ted Mathias/AFP via Getty Images

Jordan, who literally owned his opponent that night just a few short years later, made 10 of 21 shots from the floor and eight of 12 from the foul line en route to a game-high 29 points. Toni Kukoc was the only other Chicago starter in double figures with 15, while Bill Wennington chipped in 10 points off the bench. Dennis Rodman contributed 17 rebounds in the win.

Former Michigan teammates Juwan Howard and Chris Webber led the way for the Wizards, combining for 43 points and 20 rebounds in the loss.

Dennis Rodman217000
Michael Jordan294320
Toni Kukoc152310
Ron Harper910701
Luc Longley35000
Jason Caffey83100
Rusty LaRue92000
Bill Wennington107000
Randy Brown20110
Scott Burrell12010
Juwan Howard2211510
Rod Strickland1581320
Calbert Cheaney123130
Chris Webber219221
Terry Davis05010
Tracy Murray53200
Ledell Eackles52000
Chris Whitney30110
Darvin Ham01000
Lorenzo Williams01000

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Here’s a look at the NBA standings following all the action on November 29, 1997.

Eastern ConferenceWL
Atlanta Hawks132
Miami Heat105
New York Knicks105
Orlando Magic105
Charlotte Hornets95
New Jersey Nets95
Cleveland Cavaliers96
Milwaukee Bucks96
Chicago Bulls97
Indiana Pacers76
Boston Celtics79
Detroit Pistons610
Philadelphia 76ers48
Washington Wizards511
Toronto Raptors114
Western ConferenceWL
LA Lakers122
Seattle Supersonics123
Phoenix Suns93
Portland Trail Blazers105
Houston Rockets85
San Antonio Spurs96
Utah Jazz96
Minnesota Timberwolves78
Vancouver Grizzlies611
Sacramento Kings510
Dallas Mavericks411
LA Clippers214
Denver Nuggets112
Golden State Warriors113

Up next for the “Last Dance” Bulls was a matchup with the Boston Celtics to close out their road trip.

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