November 15, 2012 BY John Kim
On March 28th, 1990, Jordan and the Bulls visited the Cavs and battled it out through four quarters and one over-time period. In that stretch, Michael scored a career-high 69 points, which at that point was the ninth-highest single-game scoring total in NBA history; he made 23 of 37 field goal attempts, hit 21 of 23 free-throw shots, grabbed 18 rebounds (another single-game career high for MJ), dished 6 assists, and nabbed 4 steals. It was certainly one of Michael’s greatest games of his career, and in doing so, Jordan, with the Bulls victory, clinched a playoff berth for the Bulls.
Since scoring 69 points, Michael’s mark has been beaten just twice – 71 points by David Robinson in ’94 on the last game of the season, earning him a scoring title, and 81 points by Kobe in 2006, establishing him as the most dominant scorer of our generation. Wilt Chamberlain had surpassed 69 points several times in his career, but given the complete lack of competition at his position, many consider Jordan to be the greatest scorer of all-time.
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