Today in Sports History: February 13

On this day in 1994, Chicago Bulls small forward Scottie Pippen hit five three-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points in the 44th NBA All-Star Game. Pippen was awarded All-Star Game MVP honors for his performance, and helped the East defeat the West 127-118. The fifth pick in the 1987 NBA Draft, Pippen was a multidimensional player who could score and play phenomenal defense. Together with Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan, Pippen won six NBA titles for the city of Chicago. During the Bulls first title run in the 1991 playoffs, Pippen averaged 21.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.6 steals, and 1.1 blocks. Pippens impressive defense and ball pressure helped the Bulls lock down Lakers superstar Magic Johnson. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in five games and won their first NBA title in dominant fashion. Pippen’s other accolades include 7x All-NBA Team selections, 8x NBA All-Defensive First Team, NBA steals leader 1995, and 7x NBA All-Star. Pippen was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and his no. 33 was retired by the Chicago Bulls.

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