Top Five Greatest Michael Jordan moments
Michael Jordan is being introduced to a whole new generation in 2020 thanks to Netflix’s ten-part documentary ‘The Last Dance’.
So, we thought it’s only right to look at five of the most iconic moments ‘His Airness’ produced and relive his Chicago Bulls glory days in the NBA all over again.
63 points v Boston Celtics
Larry Bird and the 1986 Boston Celtics were arguably the greatest team in NBA history. But that didn’t bother a young Michael Jordan.
The Chicago Bulls may have lost to the eventual NBA champions, but Jordan dropped a huge 63 points and set the NBA record for most points in a playoff game. That record remains to this day!
Jordan over Ehlo
There’s two seconds left on the clock – who do you want to have the game-winning shot? Michael Jordan of course.
It’s Game 5 of a first-round series with Cleveland Cavaliers and Jordan takes a pass from Brad Sellers and glides past the Cavs Craig Ehlo to shoot the winner in a 101-100 victory.
But it was the emotion of the moment that mean this moment has gone down in NBA folklore. While Ehlo crashed to the ground, Jordan leapt into the air with a combination of relief and joy overcoming the Bulls’ star man.
1991 First title
This was the moment that ensured Jordan would join the NBA Hall of Fame. Aged 28, MJ won his first NBA Finals title against the infamous LA Lakers in 1991.
For many Jordan was already the greatest player in the league but he didn’t have the titles to show for it like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
But after a 108-101 victory in Game 5, Jordan broke into tears when he finally got his hands on the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
This was the start of a dynasty.
The Flu Game
Often referred to as ‘The G.O.A.T’, this game proved Jordan was an unstoppable force.
Jordan was suffering from flu-like symptoms in the run up to the Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals but still produced a match-winning performance.
His 38 points led the Bulls to a series-turning win against Utah. But it’s perhaps the image of his collapse into team-mate Scottie Pippen’s arms in the final seconds that marks this out as a defining moment.
The Final shot
You could really call this The Last Dance for Jordan and the Bull’s era of domination.
Chicago trailed by one point to the Utah Jazz in 1998 NBA Finals with just 5.2 seconds remaining.
This is when Jordan stole the ball from Karl Malone and hurtled towards the basket, crossing over Bryon Russell before netting the three-pointer.
Jordan held his iconic pose that what would prove to be his final shot in a Bulls uniform as they went on to win a sixth NBA championship.