Chapter 20: 86-87 Jordan’s assault on the record books (part 1)
Jordan’s 43.7 points per game average in the series against Boston the previous year was a foreshadowing of what he was about to accomplish during the 86-87 season. Healthy again after the broken foot, nothing could stop Jordan as he began one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history.
Jordan started off the season with a 50 point effort in a 108-103 win against the Knicks at MSG, and he would surpass that mark an incredible 7 times that season.
Here he scores 53 points against the Portland Trailblazers. In this game Jordan goes head to head against Clyde Drexler, the reason the Blazers did not draft Jordan. As you can see from this video, Jordan has become a more all around player. His post game has become more effective, as has his offensive rebounding and defense.
Jordan’s game against the NJ Nets was one of the most exciting games that season, and Jordan gave the Chicago fans a show to remember. Jordan had 2 breakaway drunks in the game which prompted the announcer to say “It was Michael Jordan with nothing but open court in front of him, and it was something special.” It was indeed special and Jordan scored 58 points despite sitting out the last 2 minutes of the game.
The fans wanted him to break the 63 point record he set against the Celtics that night, but they would have to wait a bit longer. Their request was granted during a showdown between the Chicago Bulls and their long time rival, the Detroit Pistons