1997-98

Record: 62-20
(First Place)

Roster

Left to Right: (front row): Randy Brown, Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Jud Buechler, Steve Kerr. (middle row): Rusty LaRue, Dickey Simpkins, Toni Kukoc, Joe Kleine, Luc Longley, Bill Wennington, Scott Burrell, Keith Booth. (back row): Trainer Chip Schaefer, Assistant Coach Frank Hamblen, Assistant Coach Bill Cartwright, Head Coach Phil Jackson, Assistant Coach Jimmy Rodgers, Assistant Coach Tex Winter, Equipment Manager John Ligmanowski.

Team Leaders (avg)

28.7

Points


Michael Jordan

63

3pt FGs


Toni Kukoc

15.0

Rebounds


Dennis Rodman

4.2

Assists


Toni Kukoc

1.72

Steals


Michael Jordan

1.07

Blocks


Luc Longley

Regular season

Finished season at 62-20, won sixth Central Division Championship ... set record for most victories over a three-year span with a record of 203-43 (.825) ... took over the NBA’s longest active sellout streak on 11/08/97 vs. New Jersey with their 493rd straight sellout after the Sacramento Kings’ streak was snapped at 497 ... Michael Jordan passed Elvin Hayes (27,313) for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on 11/28/97 at Indiana ... Jordan passed Moses Malone (27,409) for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on 12/09/97 vs. New York ... Bulls hosted 500th consecutive sellout on 12/15/97 vs. Phoenix, a streak that began on 11/20/87 vs. Atlanta at Chicago Stadium ... Phil Jackson recorded his 500th career coaching victory faster than any coach in NBA history on 12/23/97 vs. the L.A. Clippers ... Jordan scored in double figures for the 788th con- secutive game at Minnesota on 12/30/97, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA record of 787 games ... Dennis Rodman pulled down 11,000th career rebound on 01/30/98 at Golden State ... Jackson passed K.C. Jones (522) for 19th place on the NBA’s all-time list of winningest coaches on 02/19/98 at Toronto ... Jordan passed Alex English (10,559) for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time list for field goals made on 02/21/98 at Washington ... Jordan passed Tom Boerwinkle (5,745) to become the club’s all-time leading rebounder on 03/14/98 at San Antonio ... Rodman passed Elgin Baylor (11,463) for 16th place on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list on 04/09/98 at Cleveland.

Draft


First round, Keith Booth (Maryland); second round, Roberto Duenas (Madrid, Spain).

Playoffs


Won franchise’s third consecutive and sixth NBA title in eight years by defeating Utah 4-2 in the NBA Finals ... swept New Jersey 3-0 in the first round ... defeated Charlotte 4-1 in Eastern Conference Semifinals ... defeated Indiana 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Honors


Jordan captured his 10th scoring title (third consecutive) with a 28.7 average ... Jordan named NBA MVP for fifth time in his career and NBA All-Star Game MVP for third time in his career ... Jordan named to 1997-98 All-NBA First Team ... Jordan named to 1997-98 All-Defensive Team ... Rodman captured his seventh consecutive rebounding title with a 15.0 average ... Pippen named to 1997-98 All-NBA Third Team ... Bulls’ home sellout streak reached 542 games (includes regular season and playoffs - 447 and 95, respectively).

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