‘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%.

Michael Jordan during a Bulls-Wizards matchup in November 1997
Michael Jordan during a Chicago Bulls-Washington Wizards matchup on November 12, 1997 | Vincent Laforet/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

BullsPTSREBASTSTLBLK
Michael Jordan287342
Dennis Rodman714210
Luc Longley218521
Toni Kukoc96100
Ron Harper20510
Scott Burrell86082
Steve Kerr40140
Randy Brown42140
Jason Caffey01000
Joe Kleine00000
Jud Buechler02100
WizardsPTSREBASTSTLBLK
Rod Strickland175811
Juwan Howard186310
Terry Davis108001
Chris Webber179201
Calbert Cheaney101020
Tracy Murray123010
Harvey Grant47201
Darvin Ham02000
Chris Whitney21200

Here’s a look at the NBA standings following all the action on November 12, 1997.

Eastern ConferenceWL
Atlanta Hawks80
New Jersey Nets41
Miami Heat52
Charlotte Hornets42
Milwaukee Bucks42
New York Knicks53
Chicago Bulls44
Cleveland Cavaliers33
Orlando Magic34
Washington Wizards34
Detroit Pistons35
Boston Celtics25
Indiana Pacers25
Philadelphia 76ers15
Toronto Raptors16
Western ConferenceWL
LA Lakers50
San Antonio Spurs61
Portland Trail Blazers51
Phoenix Suns41
Seattle Supersonics52
Minnesota Timberwolves42
Dallas Mavericks33
Houston Rockets33
Utah Jazz34
Vancouver Grizzlies35
Sacramento Kings25
LA Clippers15
Denver Nuggets06
Golden State Warriors07

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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