1989–90 Chicago Bulls season

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1989–90 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Phil Jackson
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena Chicago Stadium
Results
Record 55–27 (.671)
Place Division: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(Eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television SportsChannel Chicago, WGN
Radio WLUP
< 1988–89 1990–91 >

The 1989–1990 Chicago Bulls finished the regular season with a 55–27 record, averaging 109.5 points per game and being led by Michael Jordan's league-leading 33.6.[1] On March 28, 1990, Jordan scored a career-high 69 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers,[2] the highest scoring output by an NBA player since David Thompson's 73 points on April 9, 1978, against the Detroit Pistons. Clinching second place in the Central Division and a third seed in the playoffs, the Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing a seven game series to the eventual champion Detroit Pistons.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1989 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 6 Stacey King C  United States Oklahoma
1 18 B.J. Armstrong G  United States Iowa
1 20 Jeff Sanders F  United States Georgia Southern

Roster[edit]

1989-90 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 10 Armstrong, B.J. (R) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1967-09-09 Iowa
C 24 Cartwright, Bill 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1957-07-30 San Francisco
F 22 Davis, Charles 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1958-10-05 Vanderbilt
F 54 Grant, Horace 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1965-07-04 Clemson
F 15 Haley, Jack 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1964-01-27 UCLA
G 14 Hodges, Craig 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1960-06-27 Long Beach State
G 23 Jordan, Michael 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1963-02-17 North Carolina
F 34 King, Stacey (R) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1967-01-29 Oklahoma
G 11 Lett, Clifford (R) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1965-12-23 Florida
F 45 Nealy, Ed 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1960-02-19 Kansas State
G 5 Paxson, John 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1960-09-29 Notre Dame
C 32 Perdue, Will 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1965-08-29 Vanderbilt
F 33 Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1965-09-25 Central Arkansas
F 42 Sanders, Jeff (R) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1966-01-14 Georgia Southern
Head coach

Phil Jackson




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2013-07-28

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720 35–6 24–17 22–8
x-Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 4 36–5 19–22 20–10
x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15 27–14 17–24 14–16
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 17 27–14 15–26 14–16
x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 17 28–13 14–27 16–14
Atlanta Hawks 41 41 .500 18 25–16 16–25 15–15
Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 41 12–29 6–35 4–26
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720
2 y-Philadelphia 76ers 53 29 .646 6
3 x-Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 4
4 x-Boston Celtics 52 30 .634 7
5 x-New York Knicks 45 37 .549 14
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15
7 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 17
8 x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 17
9 Atlanta Hawks 41 41 .500 18
10 Washington Bullets 31 51 .378 28
11 Miami Heat 18 64 .220 41
11 Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 41
13 New Jersey Nets 17 65 .207 42
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Schedule[edit]

# Date Opponent W/L Score Record Streak
1 November 3, 1989 Cleveland Cavaliers W 124–119 (OT) 1–0 Won 1
2 November 4, 1989 Boston Celtics L 100–102 1–1 Lost 1
3 November 7, 1989 Detroit Pistons W 117–114 2–1 Won 1
4 November 8, 1989 @ Minnesota Timberwolves W 96–84 3–1 Won 2
5 November 10, 1989 @ New Jersey Nets L 107–117 3–2 Lost 1
6 November 11, 1989 Seattle SuperSonics W 109–102 4–2 Won 1
7 November 14, 1989 @ Sacramento Kings W 96–94 5–2 Won 2
8 November 15, 1989 @ Utah Jazz L 107–108 5–3 Lost 1
9 November 18, 1989 @ Seattle SuperSonics L 110–119 5–4 Lost 2
10 November 21, 1989 @ Portland Trail Blazers L 110–121 5–5 Lost 3
11 November 22, 1989 @ Phoenix Suns W 95–90 6–5 Won 1
12 November 25, 1989 @ Golden State Warriors W 104–91 7–5 Won 2
13 November 26, 1989 @ Los Angeles Clippers L 96–120 7–6 Lost 1
14 November 28, 1989 Atlanta Hawks W 113–98 8–6 Won 1
15 December 2, 1989 @ Miami Heat W 114–107 9–6 Won 2
16 December 5, 1989 Denver Nuggets W 119–99 10–6 Won 3
17 December 8, 1989 @ Indiana Pacers L 104–106 10–7 Lost 1
18 December 9, 1989 Philadelphia 76ers W 125–105 11–7 Won 1
19 December 12, 1989 Dallas Mavericks W 105–97 12–7 Won 2
20 December 14, 1989 Orlando Magic W 124–113 13–7 Won 3
21 December 16, 1989 Charlotte Hornets W 115–104 14–7 Won 4
22 December 19, 1989 Los Angeles Lakers W 93–83 15–7 Won 5
23 December 20, 1989 @ Orlando Magic L 109–110 15–8 Lost 1
24 December 22, 1989 @ Atlanta Hawks W 125–113 16–8 Won 1
25 December 23, 1989 @ Philadelphia 76ers L 104–131 16–9 Lost 1
26 December 26, 1989 Minnesota Timberwolves W 112–99 17–9 Won 1
27 December 29, 1989 San Antonio Spurs W 101–97 18–9 Won 2
28 December 30, 1989 @ Washington Bullets W 117–112 (OT) 19–9 Won 3
29 January 3, 1990 @ Cleveland Cavaliers W 93–87 20–9 Won 4
30 January 5, 1990 Orlando Magic W 127–116 21–9 Won 5
31 January 6, 1990 @ Milwaukee Bucks L 111–118 21–10 Lost 1
32 January 9, 1990 @ Detroit Pistons L 90–100 21–11 Lost 2
33 January 10, 1990 @ Indiana Pacers L 113–120 21–12 Lost 3
34 January 12, 1990 @ Charlotte Hornets W 107–95 22–12 Won 1
35 January 13, 1990 Los Angeles Clippers W 117–111 23–12 Won 2
36 January 15, 1990 @ New York Knicks L 106–109 23–13 Lost 1
37 January 18, 1990 Golden State Warriors W 132–107 24–13 Won 1
38 January 19, 1990 @ Atlanta Hawks W 92–84 25–13 Won 2
39 January 21, 1990 New York Knicks W 117–109 26–13 Won 3
40 January 23, 1990 Detroit Pistons L 95–107 26–14 Lost 1
41 January 26, 1990 @ Philadelphia 76ers L 109–120 26–15 Lost 2
42 January 27, 1990 New Jersey Nets W 110–107 27–15 Won 1
43 January 29, 1990 Atlanta Hawks W 121–111 28–15 Won 2
44 February 1, 1990 @ Houston Rockets L 112–139 28–16 Lost 1
45 February 3, 1990 @ San Antonio Spurs L 111–112 28–17 Lost 2
46 February 7, 1990 @ Los Angeles Lakers L 103–121 28–18 Lost 3
47 February 8, 1990 @ Denver Nuggets L 98–123 28–19 Lost 4
48 February 13, 1990 @ Miami Heat W 107–95 29–19 Won 1
49 February 14, 1990 @ Orlando Magic L 129–135 (OT) 29–20 Lost 1
50 February 16, 1990 Miami Heat W 119–105 30–20 Won 1
51 February 18, 1990 @ Milwaukee Bucks W 111–88 31–20 Won 2
52 February 19, 1990 Houston Rockets W 107–102 32–20 Won 3
53 February 23, 1990 Portland Trail Blazers W 113–102 33–20 Won 4
54 February 25, 1990 @ New Jersey Nets W 107–106 (OT) 34–20 Won 5
55 February 27, 1990 Milwaukee Bucks W 106–96 35–20 Won 6
56 March 2, 1990 New Jersey Nets W 112–91 36–20 Won 7
57 March 4, 1990 @ Boston Celtics W 118–114 37–20 Won 8
58 March 6, 1990 @ Milwaukee Bucks W 114–105 38–20 Won 9
59 March 8, 1990 Utah Jazz L 94–98 38–21 Lost 1
60 March 10, 1990 Indiana Pacers W 117–105 39–21 Won 1
61 March 13, 1990 @ New York Knicks W 111–108 40–21 Won 2
62 March 16, 1990 Detroit Pistons L 81–106 40–22 Lost 1
63 March 17, 1990 Philadelphia 76ers W 114–109 41–22 Won 1
64 March 20, 1990 Washington Bullets W 122–97 42–22 Won 2
65 March 21, 1990 @ Atlanta Hawks W 99–89 43–22 Won 3
66 March 23, 1990 Cleveland Cavaliers W 102–95 44–22 Won 4
67 March 24, 1990 Sacramento Kings L 113–116 44–23 Lost 1
68 March 26, 1990 Phoenix Suns W 121–92 45–23 Won 1
69 March 28, 1990 @ Cleveland Cavaliers W 117–113 (OT) 46–23 Won 2
70 March 30, 1990 New York Knicks W 107–106 (OT) 47–23 Won 3
71 April 1, 1990 Miami Heat W 111–103 48–23 Won 4
72 April 3, 1990 Indiana Pacers W 109–102 49–23 Won 5
73 April 5, 1990 Orlando Magic W 111–104 50–23 Won 6
74 April 7, 1990 @ Dallas Mavericks W 109–108 51–23 Won 7
75 April 11, 1990 Cleveland Cavaliers W 107–86 52–23 Won 8
76 April 13, 1990 Milwaukee Bucks W 116–106 53–23 Won 9
77 April 14, 1990 @ Washington Bullets L 103–113 53–24 Lost 1
78 April 16, 1990 @ Indiana Pacers L 102–111 53–25 Lost 2
79 April 17, 1990 Boston Celtics W 111–105 54–25 Won 1
80 April 19, 1990 Washington Bullets W 120–117 55–25 Won 2
81 April 20, 1990 @ Boston Celtics L 116–120 55–26 Lost 1
82 April 22, 1990 @ Detroit Pistons L 106–111 55–27 Lost 2

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(3) Chicago Bulls vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks: Bulls win series 3-1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Eastern Conference First Round (Milwaukee won 3-1)

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (3) Chicago Bulls: Bulls win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 7): Chicago 96, Philadelphia 85
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 9): Chicago 101, Philadelphia 96
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 11): Philadelphia 118, Chicago 112
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 13): Chicago 111, Philadelphia 101
  • Game 5 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 16): Chicago 117, Philadelphia 99

Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff meeting)

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (3) Chicago Bulls: Pistons win series 4-3

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4-2)

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]