25 years ago today, Michael Jordan won his 1st championship
On this day in history, June 12th of 1991, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen combined for 62 points, 17 rebounds, 17 assists and 10 steals to beat the Lakers 108-101 in GM5 of the 1991 Finals. The victory gave the two Chicago legends their first of six NBA championships and prevented Magic Johnson – who had a ridiculous 16 points, 20 assists and 11 rebounds in the loss – from winning his 6th NBA championship.
After the game, Jordan, who scored 30 of the 62 points and dished out 10 of the 17 assists, was in tears with his now deceased father and ex-wife by his side.
“No one can ever take this away from me,” said an emotional Jordan. “This has been a seven-year struggle for me. It should get rid of the stigma of being a one-man team. We have players surrounding myself that make us an effective basketball team. I don’t know if I’ll ever have this same feeling again.”
If only he knew.
THE CHAMPS APPEAR ON OPRAH