Bulls' title mettle forged in Detroit

The Bulls locker room was weird. Not angry. Not despondent either. Just strangely matter-of-fact after Detroit's 19-point victory in Game 7 of the 1990 Eastern Conference finals.

"It was not meant to be," said Michael Jordan after leading the Bulls with 31 points. "Detroit is a better basketball team on paper and today they also proved it on the court."

The Pistons, meanwhile, were their usual smarmy selves.

"It was just another game in the playoffs for us," said Pistons guard Isiah Thomas. "Maybe their youth and inexperience showed."

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