Even with as many incredible performances as Michael Jordan had on the court during his career, there are a handful that were on such a level that they captured the attention of the world, not just basketball fans. Coming off a rough season where a foot injury kept him on the sidelines for all but 18 games, Jordan and the Bulls were up against the top seeded Boston Celtics in the playoffs.
On April 20th, 1986, Jordan set foot on the hardwood of the Boston Garden wearing the Air Jordan I in what would be one of the most unforgettable performances of his illustrious career. Doing so against doctor’s orders that suggested he let his foot heal. Instead, Jordan led the Bulls in the greatest playoff performance in NBA history. Not only did MJ finish with a new record for points scored in Boston Garden, he knocked down two free throws with no time on the clock to send the game into overtime. The clutch performance was just an introduction to the many great performances of Michael’s career and how legendary he was, especially when it came to playing under the pressure of big games.
The 63 points by MJ will for ever be remembered but it was a statement by Hall of Fame legend Larry Bird after the game that put the exclamation point on just how good Michael “Air” Jordan was. Bird said, “He is the most exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it’s just God disguised as Michael Jordan.”
Check out the Air Jordan I Original from 1986 below as well as some highlights from the game courtesy of NBA.com
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