NBA 2K20: Steph Curry or Michael Jordan? ’96 Chicago Bulls v ’16 Golden State Warriors

Two NBA icons can go head-to-head in 2K20. But who comes out on top?


The Chicago Bulls in the 1990s were almost unstoppable. Winning the NBA Championship in ’91, ’92, ’93, ’96, ’97 and ’98. 

A large part of this success was down to a certain Michael Jordan, who picked up the NBA’s MVP in four of those six title-winning seasons.

But it was the ’96 squad who set what looked to be an unbreakable regular season win’s record, finishing that season with an incredible 72 wins and just 10 losses, before going on to defeat the Seattle Supersonics 4-2 in the NBA Finals.

But then came the 2010’s Golden State Warriors. Or should we say, the mid-2010s Golden State Warriors.

Having won the 2014 title, the Warriors went into the 2015 season in fine form and ended up doing something which many thought was impossible. They broke the Chicago Bulls regular season win’s record, finishing the season with 73 wins and just 9 losses.

They famously blew a 3-1 lead over LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals that year, but there was no denying the strength of that side.

The question we are asking, is if you put the ’96 Bulls against the ’16 Golden State Warriors, who would win? 

Well, thanks to 2K Sports, we can answer you that question. As we sim a seven-game series on six minute quarters to see which side comes out on top.

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Game 1: Bulls pull away late

Michael Jordan posted a game-high 17 points as the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the 4th quarter to claim a 55-41 victory in game one against the Golden State Warriors.

Kerr nails a long two to open up an eight-point lead early in the 2nd.

Draymond Green lead the scoring for the Warriors, with his 15 points ultimately in vain as the Bulls went on an 18-0 run beginning late in the third to take a 46-32 lead with 3:26 minutes to go in the fourth, a run which ultimately decided the game.

The 4th quarter proved the difference in an otherwise tightly fought game one

The most surprising performance was that of Bulls SG Scottie Pippen, who didn’t register a single point in the first half and ended with an underwhelming eight points, one rebound and one assist.

Bulls 1 – 0 Warriors

Game 2: Curry blows away Bulls to level series

Steph Curry posted a monster 29 points shooting 12-14 from the floor and 5-6 from deep as the Warriors crushed the Bulls 69-45 to level the series going into their two game home stand.

Harrison Barnes looks on as Golden State level the series

Michael Jordan once again top scored for the Bulls, with his 14-4-4 by far the best performance for the Bulls, but it was the Warriors game who opened up a 17-8 lead at the end of the first and never looked back.

The visiting side finished with a 63% field goal percentage, whilst the Bulls mustered up a 45%. The three point shooting made the ultimate difference however, with the Warriors shooting 9/18 as opposed to the Bulls 1/7.

Bulls 1 – 1 Warriors

Game 3: Warriors trounce Bulls to lead 2-1

Game three proved a disaster for Chicago as they registered just 27 points as the Golden State Warriors ran away with a 56-27 victory in Game Three at the Oracle Arena.

The Bulls managed just 27 points in game three

Klay Thompson posted 17 for the Warriors, shooting 100% from the floor with 6-6 FG, 4-4 3PT and 2-2 free throws. Draymond Green registered a personal series high of 17 as Steph Curry posted an uncharacteristically low 7.

Klay Thompson was perfect in game three

Jordan was the only Bulls player to shoot double digits, as Scottie Pippen once again disappointed with just two points in 14 minutes on the court.

Warriors 2 – 1 Bulls

Game 4: A thriller gives Warriors control

Golden State made it a 3-1 lead in the series as they edged a thriller, coming out on top by 60-55 against the Bulls.

It was the fourth quarter which ultimately proved the Bulls undoing in game 4

Michael Jordan collected the player of the game award as he posted stats of 20-4-2. But unfortunately for the visitors it was in vain as they fell behind 3-1 in the battle between the two great sides.

Jordan received the Player of the Game award in Game Four

As many will know, the Golden State Warriors famously choked that 3-1 lead against the Cavs in 2016, are we in for a repeat here?

Warriors 3 – 1 Bulls

Game 5: Golden State @ Chicago – Draymond shines again as Warriors wrap up series.

The simple answer to that earlier question is no. There was no mistake for the Warriors this time round as Draymond Green’s 18 points helped the Warriors wrap up the series with a 71-41 win in Chicago.

Another fine performance from Draymond

Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala also put up 15 and 13 points respectively as the Warriors cruised past a lacklustre Chicago side, with MJ again the only man to post any real figures, with 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

Klay nailed this MONSTER three on the half-time buzzer!

Despite a disappointing performance in the first, the Warriors won the series with two games to spare to give the Warriors the title of the best of the regular season best!

Warriors 4 – 1 Bulls

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So there is it, NBA 2K20 says that the Warriors are clearly the better team.

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Tom Young

20 year old student currently studying Sports Journalism at the University of South Wales.

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