Today in Sports History: February 2

By Jonah Sharf

On February 2, 1996, the Chicago Bulls’ 99-84 road victory over the Los Angeles Lakers set what was at the time a record as the highest-rated NBA game ever on cable TV — it was the first time all-time greats Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson competed against each other since the 1991 NBA Finals. The TNT telecast earned a 7.1 rating and a 13.1 share, and was viewed in an average of 4.75 million homes. Jordan only scored 17 points, adding 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Bulls teammates Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman had great games, putting in 30 points and 23 rebounds, respectively. The record for highest-rated NBA game was broken during the playoffs that year by a Bulls-Orlando Magic game. 

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