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Michael Jordan is a top scorer who shoots fearlessly

Michael Jordan played 15 endurance seasons as a professional NBA player. During his tenure, he missed the playoffs twice, both when he retired to play with the Washington Wizards. During his career, Michael Jordan played 179 playoff games. His career playoff average is 33.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.1 steals.

It took a while for Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls to really make it to the knockout stages. But even with the early dips, Michael Jordan contributed effectively at both ends of the floor. He shows a championship mentality every time he sets foot on the field. Jordan has tried and scored a lot of goals, so let’s take a look back at his four best playoff games based on goals already taken.

#4 vs Miami Heat, 21 goals

During the 1991–92 season, the Chicago Bulls topped the Eastern Conference standings, with a home advantage. On April 24, 1992, the Miami Heat arrived at Chicago Stadium for the first leg of the knockout round. Michael Jordan just had an MVP season, averaging 30.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists.

Michael Jordan 1992 ECFR vs Miami Heat (3 games) ️45.0 PPG ▫️6.7 APG ▫️9.7 RPG▫️3.0 SPG ▫️60.9 FG% ▫️90.6 FT% – 3rd highest average PPG for a series.- Highest FG% while averaging at least 40 PPG.- Scored 56 PTS in game 3 – Tried 0 3 https://t.co/7qtiU22P1w

The Chicago Bulls have claimed the series in three games, with Michael Jordan as the catalyst. In game 1, he scored 46 points after 21 goals on the field. His shot rate is 61.8% effective. Along with scoring, Michael Jordan had 11 rebounds and released 9 assists, just missing his brace. Picking up momentum from Game 1, the Chicago Bulls won the next two games and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

#3 with Washington Bullets, 22 goals

The Chicago Bulls ended the 1996-97 season with a 69-13 win-loss record. Michael Jordan, 33 in the regular season, leads the team in points with an average of 29.6 points per game. The Washington Bullets finished eighth in the regular season and played against the Chicago Bulls in the first round.

Shots of the Day: Michael Jordan in the 1996-97 NBA Playoffs finished fifth @chi Chicagobulls championship. https://t.co/XucjFHVGOO

It didn’t take long for Michael Jordan to find the playoff rhythm again, contributing effectively from the start. On April 27, 1997, the Washington Bullets were unable to stop Michael Jordan’s scoring record. He scored 22 goals out of 35 tries and hit the perfect tenth from the free-throw line. Jordan scored 55 points and 7 rebounds in the 2nd half of the first round, giving the Chicago Bulls a comfortable 2-0 lead.

#2 vs Boston Celtics, 22 goals

On April 20, 1986, Michael Jordan gave a forgettable performance against the Boston Celtics. This is Jordan’s second time in the knockout stages, with the Chicago Bulls placing eighth on the Eastern Conference standings. After losing Game 1, Michael Jordan stepped up his form. He scored 63 points on 22 goals and 19 free throws, setting a post-season scoring record. Michael Jordan added to his score with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. He was also locked in defence, scoring 3 steals and 2 interceptions.

On this day in 1986, Michael Jordan drops 63 points from Boston – the highest ever in an NBA playoff game. MJ is 23. Larry Bird has never seen anything like Mike. https://t.co/OCucDSXuGo

However, the Chicago Bulls had to succumb to a strong performance from the Boston Celtics. All of the Celtics’ opening games were double-digit and the Chicago Bulls lost by four points. Losing in one night the pinnacle of his career, no more difficult than that. The Chicago Bulls’ 1986 knockout round ended after they lost Game 3 122-104.

#1 vs Cleveland Cavaliers, 24 goals

During the 1987-88 season, Michael Jordan became the first NBA player to win Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. He also won his second scoring title, averaging 35 points per game during the regular season. The Chicago Bulls finished the regular season with 50 wins and placed third in the Eastern Conference Rankings.

Doug Collins and Michael Jordan talk strategy during the 1988 Bulls-Cavs playoff game. https://t.co/iG8RCafUjo

In game 2 of the first round against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Michael Jordan wouldn’t stop shooting. He made 24 of his 45 goals, scoring a total of 55 points in the game. Jordan added to his contribution with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. The Chicago Bulls won, 106-101, and the game became important to their campaign as it gave them a 2-0 lead. The game series spanned to five games, with the Bulls advancing to the next round.


Edited by Ned Lawrence Esguerra


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