1990 Eastern Conference Finals
Date: May 20-June 3, 1990
Teams and result: Detroit Pistons over Chicago Bulls in seven games.
The last series Michael lost before he went off (although you could argue he "went off" in this series with 32.1 PPG). In this rematch of the 1989 Conference Championship, the Pistons' homecourt advantage proved to be invaluable as every game in the series was won by the home team. In the decisive Game 7, Detroit amassed a 48-33 lead. Chicago came out with some ferocity but Detroit's veteran presence was too strong and they beat the young Bulls 93-74 (with Jordan pouring in 31 of those as Scottie only scored two points).