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This Day In Sports History (April 20th) – Michael Jordan
It was on this day in 1986 that Michael Jordan set an NBA playoff record with an incredible 63 points. Jordan broke the mark that was previously held by Elgin Baylor who scored 61 points in the 1962 NBA finals.
Jordan was able to play in only 18 regular season games that year due to a broken bone in his foot. It was suggested that he sit out the rest of the year, but he would return late in the season and help Chicago make the playoffs. The Bulls would match up with the reigning Conference Champion Boston Celtics in the first round.
It was game 2 at the Boston Garden, a game that would go into double overtime, when Michael would set the record. The Bulls ended up losing the game 135-131 and were eventually swept by the Celtics, who went on to win the NBA championship. Larry Bird was quoted as saying “He is the most exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it’s just God disguised as Michael Jordan.”
Here are some highlights from Jordan’s record breaking performance.
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