The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls are considered to be one of the best teams in sports history. At 72-10, that Bulls team held the NBA’s best record in league history for 20 years, before the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors went 73-9.
That 1995-96 Bulls team also had a player you may have heard of, Michael Jordan.
Considered to the best basketball player of all time and one of the best athletes of all time, Jordan was a dominant force in the NBA. However, during Jordan’s best season, he was outplayed by Kentucky’s own Rex Chapman.
On February 23rd of 1996, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls faced off against Rex Chapman and the Miami Heat. Chapman led the Heat to a win, as they handed the Bulls one of their ten regular season losses that season.
In the process, Chapman tied his career of 39 points, shooting 12-17 from the field (9-10 3P), and outscored Jordan who ended the game with 31 points. At one point, Phil Jackson had to force Michael Jordan to switch off of Chapman.
Check out this video that recaps Chapman’s career best performance.