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What Was Michael Jordan’s Playoff Record? Amazing!

Michael Jordan’s playoff record was 30-7 in playoff series and 119-60 in playoff games. His Chicago Bulls won six NBA titles. Jordan has the highest scoring average for any player in NBA history at 33.4 points per game and is second in total points with 5,987 points in 179 games.

Playoff: 1985 -Jordan’s Rookie Year (0-1 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs BucksLOSS1-3
  • The Bulls lost to a Bucks team featuring Terry Cummings and Sidney Moncrief

Michael Jordan’s 1985 Playoff Stats


Playoff: 1986 (0-1 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs CelticsLOSS0-3
  • The Bulls lost to an all-time great Boston Celtics team featuring possibly the best frontcourt in NBA history. The C’s had four Hall of Famers up front: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Bill Walton. They also had Hall of Famer Dennis Johnson starting in the backcourt. 
  • The Celtics won the NBA title in 1986.
  • This series saw Jordan put up 63 points in a game 2 loss. It is the highest scoring game in NBA Playoff history. 

Michael Jordan’s 1986 Playoff Stats


Playoff: 1987 (0-1 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs CelticsLOSS0-3
  • The Bulls once again lost to a C’s team featuring Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale. 

Michael Jordan’s 1987 Playoff Stats


Playoff: 1988 (1-1 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs CavsWIN3-2
Bulls vs PistonsLOSS1-4
  • The Bulls beat a Cleveland Cavaliers team featuring Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, Larry Nance (Sr) and future Jordan teammate Ron Harper. 
  • The Bulls lost to the Bad Boy Pistons featuring Bill Laimbeer, Adrian Dantley, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and future Jordan teammate Dennis Rodman

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Michael Jordan’s 1988 Playoff Stats


Playoff: 1989 (2-1 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs CavsWIN3-2
Bulls vs KnicksWIN4-2
Bulls vs PistonsLOSS2-4
  • The Bulls once again beat a Cavs team featuring Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and Ron Harper. This is the series where Jordan hit “the shot”. Down one point with three seconds remaining in the deciding game five of the series, Jordan did this…
  • The Bulls also beat a Knicks team starring Patrick Ewing and also featuring Mark Jackson and former Bull Charles Oakley. 
  • The Bulls exited the playoffs in a loss to the Bad Boy Pistons for a second year in a row. This version still featured Isaih Thomas, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman but also had Mark Aguirre. 

Michael Jordan’s 1989 Playoff Stats


Playoff: 1990 (2-1 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs BucksWIN3-1
Bulls vs SixersWIN4-1
Bulls vs PistonsLOSS3-4
  • The Bulls beat a Bucks team now starring Alvin Robertson and Ricky Pierce. 
  • The Bulls beat a Sixers team starring the Round Mound of Rebound, Charles Barkley and also featuring Johnny Dawkins and Hersey Hawkins. 
  • The Bulls lost for the third straight season to the Bad Boy Pistons using their Jordan Rules. The Pistons still starred Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Mark Aguirre, Dennis Rodman, Bill Laimbeer and others. 

Michael Jordan’s 1990 Playoff Stats

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Playoff: 1991 (4-0 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs KnicksWIN3-0
Bulls vs SixersWIN4-1
Bulls vs PistonsWIN4-0
Bulls vs LakersWIN4-1
  • The Bulls beat a Knicks team starring Patrick Ewing. The Knicks had added Kiki Vandewehge and still featured Charles Oakley.
  • The Bulls beat a Sixers squad starring Charles Barkley. They also had Hersey Hawkins but not much else. 
  • The Bulls swept the Bad Boy Pistons who were reaching the end of their great run. They still had all the same stars: Dumars, Thomas, Rodman, Aguirre, Laimbeer, etc. 
  • The Bulls defeated a post-Kareem Showtime Lakers team in the Finals. The Lakers still had Magic Johnson and Big-Game James Worthy but now had a young Vlade Divac at center and Sam Perkins at the other forward spot.  
  • It is worth taking a moment here to notice what an amazing run Michael Jordan and the Bulls had to go on to win their first title: they beat teams featuring two all-time great Hall of Famers in Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley then beat a two-time champion Bad Boys Piston squad featuring three Hall of Famers in Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman THEN defeated one of the top ten players of all time in Magic Johnson on a team with at least one other Hall of Famer in James Worthy.
  • None of those teams was at their absolute peak in this year, but the Bulls still certainly ran the gauntlet to get this title.

Michael Jordan’s 1991 Playoff Stats


Playoff: 1992 (4-0 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs HeatWIN3-0
Bulls vs KnicksWIN4-3
Bulls vs CavsWIN4-2
Bulls vs BlazersWIN4-2
  • The Bulls started their title defense by sweeping a Miami Heat team featuring Rony Seikaly, Glen Rice and Steve Smith.
  • The Bulls took seven game to defeat a Knicks team that was approaching their peak. They still starred Patrick Ewing along with Mark Jackson and Charles Oakley. 
  • The Bulls got by a peaking Cleveland Cavs team in six games in the Conference Finals. The Cavs still had Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and Larry Nance. 
  • The Bulls won their second title by defeating a fun Portland Trailblazers team featuring Clyde Drexler, Jerome Kersey and Terry Porter.  

Michael Jordan’s 1992 Playoff Stats

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Playoff: 1993 (4-0 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs HawksWIN3-0
Bulls vs CavsWIN4-0
Bulls vs KnicksWIN4-2
Bulls vs SunsWIN4-2
  • The Bulls began their third title run with a sweep over the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks still starred Dominique Wikins and also had Kevin Willis and Stacey Augmon.
  • The Bulls then dispatched a Cavs team that was passing their prime. They still had Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and Larry Nance but the physical problems faced by both Daugherty and Price that would end their run were starting to show. 
  • The Bulls got by a prime Knicks team now featuring mostly John Starks and Anthony Mason next to their star Patrick Ewing. The Knicks would make a run to the NBA Finals the following year in MJ’s absence. 
  • In the Finals, the Bulls shut down the Phoenix Suns starring Charles Barkley in what was his best chance at a title ever. That fun Suns squad also starred Kevin Johnson and “Thunder” Dan Majerle. 

Michael Jordan’s 1993 Playoff Stats


Michael Jordan “retired” for the first time after the Bulls first threepeat and played baseball the following season. He missed the entire 1993-1994 season. 

Jordan then unretired for the last 17 games of the 1994-1995 season. He was still rounding into form when the Bulls went to the playoffs in 1995. 

Playoff: 1995 (1-1 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
  • The Bulls got by a young, fun Charlotte Hornets team featuring Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson and Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues. 
  • The Bulls lost to another young, fun team: the Orlando Magic featuring Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal. The Magic also featured former Bull Horace Grant. The Magic would defeat the Pacers in the Conference Final before getting swept by Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets. 

Michael Jordan’s 1995 Playoff Stats


Playoff: 1996 (4-0 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs HeatWIN3-0
Bulls vs KnicksWIN4-1
Bulls vs MagicWIN4-0
Bulls vs SuperSonicsWIN4-2
  • The Bulls began their second threepeat by dispatching a changed Heat team that now featured Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway and also had future Twitter star Rex Chapman. 
  • The Bulls got by the Knicks in five games. The Knicks still had Patrick Ewing and mostly the same supporting group featuring John Starks, Anthony Mason and Charles Oakley. 
  • The Bulls swept the same Magic team that had beaten them the prior year when MJ was just returning from baseball. The Magic starred Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway. In this series new Bull star Dennis Rodman, who had previously guarded Jordan at times while with the Pistons, guarded Shaq for stretches in a testament to his incredible defensive versatility. 
  • The Bulls re-took the top spot in the league by defeating a very fun Sonics squad featuring The Glove Gary Payton and the ReignMan Shawn Kemp. It was the high point for the Sonics as their star pair of Payton and Kemp would only make it one more season before Kemp was shipped out due in part to his addiction issues

Michael Jordan’s 1996 Playoff Stats

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Playoff: 1997 (4-0 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs BulletsWIN3-0
Bulls vs HawksWIN4-1
Bulls vs HeatWIN4-1
Bulls vs JazzWIN4-2
  • The Bulls began the ‘97 playoffs by sweeping a Bullets team starring Chris Webber, Juwan Howard and Rod Strickland.
  • The Bulls easily got by a forgettable Hawks team featuring Dikembe Mutombo, Christian Laettner, Steve Smith and Mookie Blaylock.
  • The Bulls also easily got past a Heat team starring Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway. 
  • The Bulls claimed their fifth title by defeating the Utah Jazz starring their iconic duo of Karl Malone and John Stockton. Jordan took control of the ‘97 Finals with his incredible effort in the famous Flu game where he scored 38 points to will the team to victory in game 5. 

Michael Jordan’s 1997 Playoff Stats


Playoff: 1998 (4-0 Playoff Series)

MatchupJordan/Bulls ResultGames
Bulls vs NetsWIN3-0
Bulls vs HornetsWIN4-1
Bulls vs PacersWIN4-3
Bulls vs JazzWIN4-2
  • The Bulls began their last title run by sweeping a Nets team featuring (and I use the term loosely) Sherman Douglas, Kerry Kittles, and Jayson Williams. 
  • The Bulls then got past a changed Hornets team now featuring Glen Rice, Vlade Divac and Anthony Mason.
  • The Bulls defeated a tougher Pacers squad in seven games in the Eastern Conference Final. The Pacers featured Knicks-Killer Reggie Miller, Rik Smits and Mark Jackson.
  • The Bulls capped their second threepeat with an epic win in a rematch with Utah Jazz of John Stockton and Karl Malone. MJ finished the main part of his career in style by hitting his second iconic “shot” – this one over Bryon Russell.

Michael Jordan’s 1998 Playoff Stats


Michael Jordan’s Playoff Record: Stats

While MJ did make an unfortunate comeback with the Wizards, neither of those teams made the playoffs. So all of Michael Jordan’s playoff statistics come from his time with the Bulls. 


Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls went 30-7 in playoff series and 119-60 in playoff games. They won 6 titles separated into two threepeats by the two years Jordan stopped playing basketball to play baseball. 

Jordan won the Finals MVP in all six NBA Finals series he played in and went 6-0 in Finals series. 

Check out my other articles on Michael Jordan

  • I wrote about where MJ is from here.
  • I wrote about when MJ started playing basketball here.  
  • I wrote about the 1992 Dream Team here
  • I wrote about MJ’s crazy Finals record here.
  • I wrote about MJ’s prime here. 
  • I wrote about MJ’s playoff record in depth here. 
  • I wrote about MJ’s first championship here.
  • I wrote about the only two times MJ missed the playoffs here.
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