For Jordan, Best Game Of His Career

Michael Jordan didn’t hesitate when asked what he considered to be the best of his many great games.

“This would have to be it,” Jordan said after scoring a career-high 69 points and leading the Chicago Bulls to a 117-113 overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night.

“Everything seemed to fall and I found myself in a great rhythm.”

Jordan made 23 of 37 field-goal attempts and 21 of 23 foul shots while compiling the ninth best single-game scoring performance in NBA history.

He grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, had six assists and four steals. Jordan scored 16 points in the first quarter, 15 in the second, 20 in the third, 10 in the fourth and eight in overtime.

Jordan’s previous career high was 63 points in a double overtime 135-131 playoff loss at Boston on April 20, 1986. The 63 points is a record for an NBA playoff game.

His best regular-season performance had been 61 points, at Detroit on March 4, 1987, in an overtime game, and equaled on April 16, 1987, at Chicago against Atlanta.

Jordan lifted his league-leading scoring average to 33.6 points per game.

“The guy did it over and over,” Cleveland’s John Williams said.

“He’s one in a million, one in a billion. I don’t think we’ll ever see a player like him again. He’s probably the world’s greatest athlete.”

“I’ll always remember this as the night that Michael Jordan and I combined to score 70 points,” said Bulls’ rookie forward Stacey King, who scored one point.

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