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1991 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
Chicago Bulls Phil Jackson 4
Los Angeles Lakers Mike Dunleavy 1
Dates: June 2–12
MVP: Michael Jordan
(Chicago Bulls)
Eastern Finals: Bulls defeated Pistons, 4–0
Western Finals: Lakers defeated Trail Blazers, 4–2

The 1991 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1990–91 National Basketball Association (NBA) season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. It was also the first NBA Finals broadcast by NBC after 17 years with CBS.

The Eastern Conference playoff champion Chicago Bulls took on the Western Conference playoff champion Los Angeles Lakers for the title, with Chicago having home court advantage. It was Michael Jordan's first NBA Finals appearance, Magic Johnson's last, and the last NBA Finals for the Lakers until 2000. The Bulls would win the series, 4–1. 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 series was not the first time that the Bulls and Lakers faced off in the playoffs. Prior to 1991, they met for four postseason series (1968, 1971, 1972, and 1973), all Lakers victories. Chicago was a member of the Western Conference at the time and moved into the East in 1981. The 1991 Finals marked the first time the Bulls defeated the Lakers in a playoff series.

This series would mark the end of the Lakers Showtime-era and the beginning of the Bulls' dynasty. After winning five championships in eight finals appearances in the 1980s, the Lakers would struggle for the rest of the 1990s before winning five championships between the 2000 and 2010 seasons.

The 1991 Lakers were led by Johnson, who was 32 and playing in what would be his last full season, as well as fellow All-Star teammate James Worthy; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had retired two seasons earlier. The Bulls, led by Jordan and small forward Scottie Pippen, would win five more championships after 1991 in a seven-year span, cementing their status as a dynasty. Jordan became only the third player in NBA history (after George Mikan and Abdul-Jabbar) to capture the scoring title and a championship in the same season.

1991 NBA Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers (Western Conference Champion) Chicago Bulls (Eastern Conference Champion)
58–24 (.707)

2nd Pacific, 3rd West, 3rd Overall

Regular season 61–21 (.744)

1st Central, 1st East, 2nd Overall

Defeated the (6) Houston Rockets, 3–0 First Round Defeated the (8) New York Knicks, 3–0
Defeated the (7) Golden State Warriors, 4–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (5) Philadelphia 76ers, 4–1
Defeated the (1) Portland Trail Blazers, 4–2 Conference Finals Defeated the (3) Detroit Pistons, 4–0

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 June 2 Chicago 91–93 Los Angeles
Game 2 June 5 Chicago 107–86 Los Angeles
Game 3 June 7 Los Angeles 96–104 (OT) Chicago
Game 4 June 9 Los Angeles 82–97 Chicago
Game 5 June 12 Los Angeles 101–108 Chicago
Preceded by
1990
NBA Finals
1991
Succeeded by
1992
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