‘The Last Dance’ Redux: Michael Jordan Has a Rough Shooting Night Against His Future Team as the Bulls Take a Bad Loss to the Wizards to Drop to .500
Coming off a horrible 21-point loss the previous night in Cleveland to the Cavaliers, the Chicago Bulls returned home to continue their “Last Dance” season with a matchup with Washington on November 12, 1997.
But what was supposed to be an easy win over the woeful Wizards turned into yet another disappointing defeat as the Bulls dropped to 4-4 with a 90-83 loss.
Michael Jordan scored a game-high 28 points but needed 28 attempts to get there, making just 10 of them to shoot 35.7%.
The only Bull to shoot worse on the night was Toni Kukoc, who made just four of 13 attempts en route to nine points. Luc Longley, however, played extremely well, making nine of 15 shots on the way to 21 points. Besides Jordan, he was the only other Bull in double figures.
Meanwhile, every member of the Wizards’ starting lineup hit double digits, led by Juwan Howard, who scored 18 points. His former “Fab Five” teammate Chris Webber added 17, as did Rod Strickland. Terry Davis and Calbert Cheaney chipped in with 10 each, and Tracy Murray added a dozen off the bench.
The biggest contributor for Chicago off the pine was Scott Burrell with eight points and six rebounds.
Here’s a look at the NBA standings following all the action on November 12, 1997.
|New Jersey Nets||4||1|
|New York Knicks||5||3|
|San Antonio Spurs||6||1|
|Portland Trail Blazers||5||1|
|Golden State Warriors||0||7|
Following a loss to Michael Jordan’s future squad, up next for the “Last Dance” Bulls was a matchup with another team from MJ’s future, the Charlotte Hornets.
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