Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to the best record in franchise history, today was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 1990-91 season.

It was the second MVP award for Jordan, who received 77 votes of the 96 possible first-place votes from a panel of writers and broadcasters. His 891 total points in the voting easily outdistanced Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers, who had 497 points and 10 first-place votes.San Antonio's David Robinson finished third, followed by Philadelphia's Charles Barkley, Utah's Karl Malone and Portland's Clyde Drexler. Robinson, Barkley and Drexler also got first-place votes.

Jordan, the key to Chicago's 61-21 regular-season record, averged 31 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists. He is only the second player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring in five seasons - Wilt Chamberlain was the other.

He shot a career-high .539 from the field, 12th in the league, and was third in steals average with 2.72 per game.

He did all that while playing 37 minutes per game, fewer than in any of the past five seasons, and averaging only 22 shots per game, second-lowest over that period.