Michael Jordan’s GOAT status really shows when his highest-scoring game is just a blip compared to his other great moments. With that said, here is the most points Mike ever scored in a game.
Funny enough, Jordan tortured the Cleveland Cavaliers in this matchup like Mike did in most of his career. Like his other impressive scoring outputs, Mike did damage from midrange, sinking jumpers from anywhere. Mike was particularly aggressive as well, with his hot jump shot allowing him to drive to the rim at will. This helped him make 21 of 23 free throws in the game. Mike easily broke the Richfield Coliseum record of 51 points with plenty of time left. Mike actually missed the game-winning three in regulation to add more to his 61 points.
Mike’s aggression gave him more charity stripe points in overtime, when the Bulls closed out the Cavs 117-113. The damage for MJ: 69 points, 18 rebounds, and 1 more demoralizing loss for Cleveland.
The sneakers that Michael wore in this game was the Air Jordan 5. This shoe introduced two visual features that would influence a lot of Jordan styles that proceeded it: reflective (3M) materials and a translucent outsole. These revolutionary features contrast the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” visible Air Max technology in the heel. The Jordan 5 also introduced the lace lock to the Jordan line, a feature that helped secure laces from loosening but is mostly seen as an aesthetic addition for many other sneakers today.
The “Silver Tongue Fire Red” colorway that MJ wore can be found HERE.
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