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  • Missing most of his second season due to a broken foot, Jordan scored 63 points in Game 2 of the Bulls' 1986 playoff series against the Boston Celtics, a playoff record which still stands today.
    Larry Bird: "I didn't think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us. He is the most exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it's just God disguised as Michael Jordan."
  • The 1988 Slam Dunk Contest Finals against Dominique Wilkins.
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  • The Shot in Cleveland with Craig Ehlo's hand in his face.
  • His first Finals series against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers, where he pulls off "a spec-TAC-ular move" in Game 2, according to the now-legendary outburst by commentator Marv Albert.
  • His second Finals series against the Portland Trail Blazers — who infamously passed him over to draft Sam Bowie note  because they wanted a center and already had a Hall of Fame shooting guard in Clyde Drexler — where he scores 35 points in the first half of Game 1 (including 6 3-pointers, a then-record). Jordan reacts after draining his sixth trey by shrugging.
    "This is the greatest performance, maybe ever, in the history of this game."
  • His third Finals series against Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns. He averages 41 points a game.
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  • The "Double Nickel" game. In his third game back from retirement, Jordan scored 55 points against the New York Knicks. Hockey commentators were so caught up in the game that they forgot about the start of the game they were calling, and someone called them out on it. When told about Jordan's feat, he said keep watching the basketball, rather than provide commentary.
  • The Flu Game. The day before Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, Jordan awoke with a stomach virus or food poisoning and the Bulls team doctor said that there was no way he could play the next day. He did play and scored 38 points, along with grabbing 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals as he led the Bulls to a hard-fought 90–88 victory. Also doubles as a Heartwarming Moment as he collapsed into Scottie Pippen's arms at the end of the game with Scottie helping him off the court.
    • Particularly noteworthy is that he put up double what Karl Malone, the 1997 regular season MVP, did in the same game.
    • Even more amazing is that apart from being in an IV pre-game, MJ only had one other source of energy that day. That source? Applesauce. Crosses over into a Heartwarming Moment as he gave his game-worn shoes to one of their ballboys who found him his favorite applesauce in Salt Lake City.
  • His final basket as a Bull: in Game 6 in Utah, Jordan is 35 years old, and with Pippen limited by an ailing back, is almost single-handedly battling the Utah Jazz to a standstill. Dennis Rodman and Toni Kukoč having the game of their lives definitely helped. In the final seconds, there's the steal from Hall of Famer Karl Malone, the series-winning shot, the photo of what seems to be all of Salt Lake City seeing the death of their title dreams once again.
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  • Six times, Jordan's Bulls made the NBA Finals. They won all six times, with MJ winning Finals MVP in every single one.


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