Coming off of an 18 game winning streak, his royal airness Michael Jordan headed into town on the verge of, at the time, the best single-season record in NBA history. McNichols Sports Arena welcomed the heavily favored Chicago Bulls on this night 21 years ago. Using the altitude to their advantage the Denver Nuggets did what only 9 other teams were able to do that year – Add a number in the loss column for the (72-10) future Champs.
On the night Jordan dropped a game high 39 points but it wasn’t enough as the Nuggets outlasted the Bulls 105-99. Box score standouts for the home team included 32 points for Mahmud Abdul-Rauf, and 17 rebounds for the Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutumbo. An all around team effort with 5 players in double figures helped take down the beast in the East.
This wouldn’t be the first “best single-season record” team the Nuggets would give an L too. Just last year the Golden State Warriors who wold top Jordan’s ’95-’96 Bulls (72-10) record went on to win 73 games. But, yes, you guessed it, The Denver Nuggets were again one of the teams to hand the Dubs 1 of their 9 losses. Safe to say if you’re chasing season wins records you can go ahead and chalk up a loss to the boys from the Mile High City.
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