1991 NBA Finals

The 1991 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1990–91 NBA season. It was also the first NBA Finals broadcast by NBC after 17 years with CBS.
The Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference took about the Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference for the title, with Chicago having home court advantage. It was Michael Jordan’s first NBA Finals appearance, Magic Johnson’s last, and the final NBA Finals for the Lakers until 2000. The Bulls would win the series. Jordan averaged 31.2 points on 56% shooting, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks en route to his first NBA Finals MVP Award.
The show was not the first time that Lakers and the Bulls confronted in the playoffs. Prior to 1991, they met for four postseason series (1968, 1971, 1972 and 1973), all Lakers victories. Chicago was a part of the Western Conference at the moment and moved to the East in 1981. The 1991 Finals marked the first time the Bulls defeated the Lakers.
This series would mark this Lakers Showtime era’s conclusion and the beginning of the Bulls’ dynasty. After winning five championships in eight finals appearances in the 1980s, the Lakers would fight for the remaining 1990s before winning five championships involving the 2000-2002 and 2009-2010 seasons.
The 1991 Lakers were led by Johnson, who was 32 and acting in what would be his last full season, in addition to fellow All-Star teammate James Worthy; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had retired two seasons before. The Bulls, led by NBA MVP Michael Jordan and celebrity small forward Scottie Pippen, could acquire five championships after 1991 at a seven-year interval, cementing their status as a dynasty.
As it was all said and done, Michael Jordan became just the third person in NBA history (after George Mikan and Abdul-Jabbar) to catch the scoring name and the NBA Finals Championship in the same season.
Until 2015, the Bulls were the last team to win an NBA championship despite having a full roster lacking in championship or championship experience. Not one of the Bulls players had logged a moment of NBA Finals encounter before this.

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