Chapter 16: 1985 Playoffs
After an impressive rookie season, Jordan finished averaging 28.2 points (3rd), 6.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. He was also selected to the All-NBA second team. More importantly, Chicago improved from a 37-45 record a year ago to a 48-34 record with Jordan, earning them a spot in the playoffs for the first time in 4 years.
In the first round of the playoffs the Bulls faced the Milwaukee Bucks. Chicago lost the first two games in Milwaukee 100-109 and 115-122. Down 0-2, Jordan turned in his best performance of the series with a 35 point effort, leading the Bulls to a 109-107 victory. However the Bulls could not repeat the performance and lost the series in game 4 97-105.
Here are the highlights from that game.
You can watch the entire game here.
Milwaukee would be swept by the 76er’s in the next round, who then lost to the Celtics in the conference finals. The LA Lakers won the 1985 NBA championship over the Boston Celtics in 6 games.
Although Jordan and the Bulls lost in the playoffs, Michael would not end the season empty handed as numerous awards and accolades were showered upon him at the end of the season.