Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons | 1991 Playoffs | ECF Game 4: Bad Boys are history

They ended years of frustration. They ended the Detroit Pistons’ two-year reign as champions. And now, the Chicago Bulls can begin thinking about playing in the NBA finals for the first time. Making it look easy, the Bulls completed a four-game sweep of the Pistons with a 115-94 victory today at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Chicago dominated the Eastern Conference finals from start to finish, brushing aside the proud Pistons as if they were a nuisance instead of the defending champions. “To say that this is unexpected, to sweep this team, is an understatement,” said Phil Jackson, Chicago’s coach. “But after losing to this team for three years, I think we deserve a shot.” The Pistons tried physical play, lineup changes and anything else they could think of to avoid being dethroned at home. None of it worked. The Bulls were too determined, too poised and too good to be denied. And now, Michael Jordan (29 points on 11-for-17 shooting along with nine rebounds, nine assists) and the Bulls have an impressive 11-1 record in the playoffs. “We didn’t want it any other way,” said Jordan, who added more luster to his extraordinary seven-year career by reaching the NBA finals for the first time. “We wanted to beat Detroit. That way, there wouldn’t be any tarnish to what we accomplished. We surprised a lot of people, and we surprised ourselves. We didn’t feel we could sweep this team, but we knew we could beat them. We had to accept every beating, every push and every elbow they gave
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