Chapter 12: First 40+ point game
Despite the all around skills Michael Jordan possessed, he was primarily known as a prolific scorer. His offensive skill set was beyond anything anyone in the NBA has ever seen. Opponents didn’t know how to defend Jordan. All they could hope for was an off night from him.
In only his 9th game of his rookie season, Jordan had his first 40+ point game, a feat he would accomplish 6 times that year and an astonishing 172 times throughout his career.
Here are the highlights from that game.
Jordan’s best scoring game of the season came against the Detroit Pistons on February 12, 1985. The game had special meaning to Jordan because it was the first meeting of Jordan and Isiah Thomas after the infamous “freeze out” in the all-star game. Jordan got his revenge by scoring 49 points on the Pistons in a 139-126 victory.
Here are the highlights