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On April 20, 1986, Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan scored a NBA Playoff record 63 points in a first-round game versus the Boston Celtics.

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Despite Jordan’s torrid offensive output, the Bulls lost the game in double OT, 135-131. The Celtics went on to sweep the Bulls in the series on way to winning the NBA title.


Jordan did not attempt a single 3-pointer in the game and shot 22-for-41 from the floor, while making 19 of his 21 free throws.

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''I didn't think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us. He is the most exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it's just God disguised as Michael Jordan.''

— Larry Bird, Boston Celtics star

Incredibly, Jordan’s playoff gem came in just his sophomore NBA season — one in which he played only 17 games after breaking his foot in the third game of the 2015-16 season.


Four years later, Jordan enjoyed the highest scoring game of his career when he dropped 69 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers, albeit during the regular season.

Jordan, at the peak of his athletic prowess, shot 23-37 from the field, including 2-6 from three, and hit 21 of 23 free-throw attempts. It also bears mentioning that No. 23 grabbed 18 rebounds, dished out 6 dimes, and snagged 4 steals during his singular show of hoops genius.