The NBA playoffs are in full swing and that means Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Tim Duncan are all continuing to chase the dream of another NBA title (or first in the case of James) as well as step out from the shadow of the greatest playoff performer of all time. Here’s a look back at some of Michael Jordan’s masterful moments.
April 20, 1986, at Boston Celtics
Jordan drops a playoff-record 63 points, some point to this performance as Jordan’s coming-out party.
June 3, 1992, vs. Trail Blazers
In Game 1 of the Finals, Jordan torched the Blazers for a playoff-record 35 first-half points, including six three-pointers. It was during this game that Michael looked toward the sideline, turned his palms upward and famously shrugged as if to say “this is just too easy.”
May 7, 1989, at Cleveland
Down by one with three seconds left Jordan spun to the top of the key and hit a, double-clutch, 18-foot jumper stunning the 20,273 in attendance at Richfield Coliseum. This game winning shot was part of a night which Jordan scored 44 points, had nine-rebound, and six assists.
June 14, 1998, at Utah
Jordan shakes off Byron Russell and hits an 18 foot jumper with 5.2 seconds left, giving the Bulls their sixth championship.
June 16, 1993, vs. Suns
Jordan hits for 55 points in Game 4 of the Finals, eventually leading to the Bulls third title.
June 11, 1997, at Utah
In the “flu game”, Jordan, who could barely keep his balance due to a virus, scores 15 of his game high 38 points in the fourth quarter.
May 1, 1988, vs. Cavs
Michael Jordan scores 55 to be the first to have consecutive playoff games scoring over 50 points.
May 31 and June 2, 1993, vs. Knicks
In Game 5 of the Eastern Finals Michael has a triple-double, with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists.
May 17, 1992, vs. Knicks
Jordan scores 18 first-quarter points, had 29 by halftime and finished with 42 to lead the Bulls past New York in Game 7 of a second-round series.
David S. Grant is the author of “Blood: The New Red”, follow David on Twitter @david_s_grant
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