The greatest basketball player there ever was.
The “Double Nickel” Game
Sneakers: Jordan 10 “Chicago”
Date: March 18th, 1995
This game still hurts Knicks fans to this day. In only his fifth game back after his first retirement, Jordan scored 55 points at the Garden. Is there a better way to let the world know “I’m back”?
His Career High 63-Point Game
Sneakers: Jordan 1 “Chicago”
Date: May 1986
Beating the team at the top has to feel good. Back the mid ’80s, the Bulls entered hostile territory when they played the Celtics at Boston Garden. Facing arguably one of the best basketball teams of all time, Jordan dropped 63 points on ’em.
The “Shrug” Game
Sneakers: Jordan 7 Olympics
Date: June 3, 1992
Everyone remembers the infamous shrug. During the first game of the 1992 NBA Finals, the Bulls put a beating on the Trailblazers, ending in a 33-point win. After hitting his sixth three-pointer in the first half, MJ looked at the announcers’ table and shrugged; almost as if he wasn’t in control of his own greatness.
The Journey to his First Ring
Sneakers: Air Jordan 6 Infrared
Date: June, 1991
It was the 1991 NBA Finals and it was time for the Bulls to put on for Chi-town. Up against Magic Johnson and the Lakers, Jordan scored 33 points and shot an amazing 83.3 percent from the field. It was then that the Bulls, who were down 0-1 in the Finals, went on the win 4 games in a row and get their first ring.
The “Last Shot” Game
Sneakers: Air Jordan 14 Black/Red
Date: June 14, 1998
Whether or not the Chicago Bulls won the 1998 NBA Finals, the series would be legendary because it was Jordan’s last time in a Bulls jersey. Often known as the “last shot,” this move was an exciting jumper from the top of the key right after he tripped up the Utah Jazz defense. Of course, he made the shot.
Clinching his First NBA 3-Peat
Sneakers: Air Jordan 8 “OG Bred”
Date: June 16, 1993
Obviously, a “3 Peat” game had to be on this list. While playing dominant big man Charles Barkley, Jordan didn’t back down. During Game 4 of the Finals, he dropped a cool 55 points. What’s better than this performance would be asking the comedian Chuck how he managed to lose this game.
The Flu Game
Sneakers: Air Jordan 12 “Black/Red”
Date: June 11, 1997
While no one is sure if Michael had the flu or if he was food poisoned, the one thing we do know is that he put on a hell of a show. Like most of his best moments, it came during the playoffs and Jordan stepped up to the plate. Hours after he was curled up in the fetal position in his hotel room, Jordan miraculously scored 38 points. In the end, he literally leaned on Scottie Pippen for support, but so it goes for the legend that is Michael Jordan.
Dropping 69 Points and Winning
Sneakers: Air Jordan 5 Fire Red
Date: March 29, 1990
Before LeBron James, Cleveland wasn’t the powerhouse that it is today. So when Jordan stepped into that Ohio arena, he went off and scored a career high 69 points. Jordan himself has expressed his love for that particular game, telling the New York Times, ”This would have to be my greatest game. When I scored 63 against Boston, we lost. It sure feels a lot better.” What made this game so great was how close it was; the Bulls won 117-113.
Sneakers: Air Jordan 4 “Bred”
Date: May 7, 1989
For a game that gave us “The Shot,” Jordan had better put on a show throughout. The iconic moment in which Jordan jumped for joy after beating Cleveland – who had defeated them four times during the regular season – is ingrained in sports fans’ heads. With three seconds left on the clock, Jordan pulled up for the jumper that put the Bulls up by one point.
Scoring 51 Points as a 38-Year-Old with the Wizards
Sneakers: Jordan 17s
Date: December 29, 2001
Jordan wasn’t just a beast on the Bulls, he put in work on the Wizards, too. At the age of 38, he dropped 51 points in a game against the Hornets. He didn’t let fatigue get in the way, though; he also made 45 points the next game against the Nets. Keep in mind he only played 38 minutes.
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It Was Written: NBA All-Stars Before The Glory (PHOTOS)
1. Mid major splash: Steph Curry, 2008.Source:Getty 1 of 40
2. "Happy Valentine's Day." Chris Paul feeling romantic vs. Duke, 2005.Source:Getty 2 of 40
3. Chris Paul vs. Maryland Terrapins, 2004.Source:Getty 3 of 40
4. Pau Gasol training for the Athens Olympic Games in San Fernando, South Spain, 2004.Source:Getty 4 of 40
5. Pau Gasol congratulated by NBA Commissioner David Stern after being selected as the number three pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2001 NBA Draft.Source:Getty 5 of 40
6. Kyle Lowry during a game against Rutgers University Scarlet Knights, 2005.Source:Getty 6 of 40
7. John Wall celebrates during a game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rupp Arena, 2010.Source:Getty 7 of 40
8. Safe to say the Celtics regret passing on this one: Kobe Bryant Pre-Draft workout, 1996.Source:Getty 8 of 40
9. The Real 6God: GM Jerry West and Head Coach Del Harris introducing Kobe to the world, 1996.Source:Getty 9 of 40
10. Kobe following The Big Aristotle, before the break-up, 1996.Source:Getty 10 of 40
11. DeMarcus Cousins in a pleasant conversation with Kentucky Coach John Calipari, 2009.Source:Getty 11 of 40
12. DeMarcus Cousins objects to a call during the 2009 Jordan Brand All-American Classic.Source:Getty 12 of 40
13. Jeff Teague yams against the Duke Blue Devils, 2008.Source:Getty 13 of 40
14. Skinny savage: Kevin Durant during his Montrose Christian High School days, 2005.Source:Getty 14 of 40
15. Cold-blooded KD demoralizes the Kansas Jayhawks and fans, 2007.Source:Getty 15 of 40
16. He's been wet for a minute: Klay Thompson quiets the crowd at Kansas State, 2005.Source:Getty 16 of 40
17. James Harden makes Arizona State relevant again, 2009.Source:Getty 17 of 40
18. James Harden makes it hard to watch for Miami Heat fans, 2011. Four years later, 2015 MVP front runner.Source:Getty 18 of 40
19. The goatee is everything: Marc Gasol during the World Basketball Championships in Japan, 2006.Source:Getty 19 of 40
20. This shot probably went in? Russell Westbrook vs. USC Trojans, 2007.Source:Getty 20 of 40
21. Russell Westbrook demoralizing Yale, 2007.Source:Getty 21 of 40
22. Future All-Stars Al Horford & Joakim Noah during another title run, 2005.Source:Getty 22 of 40
23. LaMarcus Aldridge celebrates en route to defeating the Texas A&M Aggies in the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament, 2006.Source:Getty 23 of 40
24. Greatest Power Forward in NBA history, 1995.Source:Getty 24 of 40
25. Chris Bosh with Georgia Tech, 2003.Source:Getty 25 of 40
26. The Chosen One, LeBron James.Source:Getty 26 of 40
27. Bron Bron, best high school basketball player of all time.Source:Getty 27 of 40
28. Carmelo Anthony during the 2002 McDonald's boys High School All America Game at Madison Square Garden.Source:Getty 28 of 40
29. Greatness manifested: Melo celebrates his team's win over the Oklahoma Sooners during the NCAA Tournament in 2003.Source:Getty 29 of 40
30. Young Dirk Nowitzki during a German League game in Wurzburg, Germany, 1998.Source:Getty 30 of 40
31. Goofy Dirk at his parents' house in Wurzburg, Germany, 1996.Source:Getty 31 of 40
32. One German legend to another, Detlef Schrempf vs. Dirk, 1999.Source:Getty 32 of 40
33. San Antonio Spurs legend Gregg Popovich being restrained by this year's Eastern Conference All-Star team coach Mike Budenholzer after Pop received a technical foul, 2000.Source:Getty 33 of 40
34. Western Conference All-Star team Coach Steve Kerr during his championship run with the Bulls, 1998.Source:Getty 34 of 40
35. Dwyane Wade against University of Missouri during the NCAA Tournament, 2003.Source:Getty 35 of 40
36. Flash drives past Kansas Jayhawks player during the semifinal of the NCAA Tournament, 2003.Source:Getty 36 of 40
37. Kyrie Irving during the 2010 Jordan Brand classic.Source:Getty 37 of 40
38. A sign of things to come, Kyrie Irving, 2010.Source:Getty 38 of 40
39. Anthony Davis in the 2011 Jordan Brand All-American Classic.Source:Getty 39 of 40
40. Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari motivating The Unibrow.Source:Getty 40 of 40
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