On this day 27 years ago in NBA History, some guy by the name of “Michael Jordan” – you may have heard of him – poured in 50 points against the Boston Celtics in Chicago, leading his Bulls to a 113-103 victory that evening.
On his way to the half-century mark, His Airness shot a tidy 19 of 32 from the field and 11 of 11 from the stripe, while also chipping in 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 steals. Just another day at the office for the consensus greatest player of all-time.
The box score is practically a crash course in NBA 80’s history, featuring a ridiculous six future Hall-of-Famers (Jordan, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson, and Scottie Pippen) in addition to numerous household NBA names who aren’t yet enshrined, such as Danny Ainge, Horace Grant, Charles Oakley, and Reggie Lewis.
For those of you who might be wondering, Bird finished with a line of 18/10/6 in the game in a losing effort for the Celtics. McHale up-faked and pivoted his way to 33 points, but it wasn’t enough to upend MJ. This was Jordan’s night.
However, it was not his year – not yet anyway. A few months later, his Bulls would go on to lose to the Bad Boy Pistons in the conference semi-finals by a count of 4 games to 1, and those same Pistons then went on to topple the Celtics and Lakers in succession to capture their first NBA title.