Memory Lane Monday: “GOAT”

MJ's 63 points, in 1986, still stands as a playoff-record. (Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
MJ’s 63 points, in 1986, still stands as a playoff-record. (Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

Today, our Memory Lane Monday goes with the theme of the season: spectacular playoff performances. On this day, 29 years ago, a young Michael Jordan made his indelible mark in the history books. He was absolutely amazing going up against the powerful Boston Celtics, featuring the Big 3 of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale & Robert Parish. Chicago needed Jordan to play extremely well in the opening round if they were to pull of a ridiculous upset over Beantown.

A precursor to his greatness, Jordan delivered in full effect. He scored a playoff-record (one that still stands!), 63 points that night, albeit in a 135-131 double OT loss that ranks up there as one of the best postseason games of all time. MJ’s incredible display was impressive, especially considering he was coming off of a broken foot that limited him to just 18 games in the regular season. As Bird famously stated after the game, “It was God disguised as Michael Jordan.” Here’s a look at MJ’s record-setting night!:

Younger audiences were “introduced” to MJ’s career highlights in NBA 2K11, where users had to complete Jordan Challenges according to what “His Airness” actually accomplished during his career. Some of them included the “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA Finals, the Game 6 clincher in the ’96 Finals, and his 45-point outing, and game-winning jumper, in the Game 6 victory (1998 Finals over Utah) that propelled the Bulls to their 6th championship.

MJ 2K11

It was a fun way to allow everyone to somewhat “experience” Jordan’s feats but it also put into perspective how he made everything seem extremely easy. Some people say the “legend” of Michael Jordan began on April 20, 1986; such a memorable performance during the brightest lights.

Will anyone even come close to the record this season? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @dofgamesports!


-Jabari J.

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