"We've been hearing the hype about we're not physical enough for the Pistons," Scottie Pippen said after Game 3 of the 1990 Eastern Conference Final against Detroit. "That just wasn't true. We just hadn't played to our capabilities."
That night, the Bulls finally played to their capabilities. As a result, they ended up beating the Pistons 107-102 to cut the series deficit to 2-1.
Pippen had a monster game with 29 points -- 9/16 from the field -- 11 rebounds and 5 assists. However, it was Michael Jordan who led Chicago to a victory with 47 points, 18 of which came in the 4th quarter.
MJ shot 17-for-32 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three, and 11-for-13 from the free throw line. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.
Isiah Thomas led the Pistons with 36 points and 8 assists. Mark Aguirre had 22 off the bench but missed a three-pointer that would've tied the game with 5 seconds left on the clock. Jordan then hit two free throws to close out the game, and the Chicago Stadium erupted.
The Bulls, however, weren't able to close out the series. They did force Game 7 but were once again no match for the Bad Boy Pistons who later became the 1990 NBA champions.