April 16th, 1996 was a day that the Chicago Bulls players and fans will never forget. It is the day that the Bulls set a record for the most wins ever by a team in a regular season. 70 was an unthinkable number until this group came together and put together the most unforgettable season in NBA History.
Obtaining 70 wins in a season is something that might not ever happen again. The Golden State Warriors have finished with the most wins in the NBA this year with 67. This wouldn’t be the first time a team has gotten close to 70, though, and not been able to reach it. The Chicago Bulls tried to accomplish the same feat the very next season after their 72 wins in the 1995 season and had 69 going into the last two games of the season, but just couldn’t pull off the unthinkable again.
The 70 wins were just the beginning to what was a Championship run for Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, and the rest of the crew. The Chicago Bulls finished with a record of 72-10 in the 95-96 season. 1996 marked the year of Jordan’s 4th championship and the first full year since his return to the NBA.
On April 16th, 1996 the Bulls would face off against the Milwaukee Bucks to secure the 70th win of the season and break the previous NBA record of 69 wins set by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972.
Re-watch the Chicago Bulls make history 19 years ago to the date to plant themselves as one of the greatest NBA teams of all-time.