NBA: 5 Highest Scoring Games of Michael Jordan's career
Michael Jordan - the Scoring God.
Michael Jordan is the best scorer in NBA history, plain and simple. He holds the record for points per game in both the regular season and the Playoffs, and his singular dominance at putting the ball in the cup is what people remember about him most after his six titles. MJ has scoring averages of 30.12 in the regular season and 33.45 in the playoffs and he won 10 scoring titles during his career (7 straight).
With that, you know there are going to be many epic games where Air Jordan simply overwhelmed the competition as they tried everything in their arsenal to stop him, to no avail. What's unique about this list, Wilt Chamberlain is the only other players who could make this claim, is all five games are 60+ points. When MJ had it going, there was simply no stopping him.
#5 61 points vs Atlanta on April 16th, 1987
This is the only game on the list where MJ managed to score 60+ in regulation, happening in his 81st game of the season en route to his first scoring title, a season where he averaged an astounding 37.1 points per game. This was no slouch of a Hawks team, as they finished with 57 wins and the 2nd best defense in the league this season. Jordan was simply too dominant for them this night, shooting 22-38 from the field and knocking down 17-21 from the charity stripe.
What is even more impressive, especially as we watch today's games of endless threes, is the fact that Jordan accomplished this feat while knocking down zero three-pointers. He used his superior athleticism to relentlessly attack the hoop and finish at the cup or draw fouls. Jordan wasn't just a one trick pony in this game either, as he also grabbed 10 rebounds and tracked down 4 steals. Despite Jordan's 60-point double-double and relentless effort, he was not able to bring the young Bulls over the hump in this game as they fell in a hard fought game by three points.