This Date in Celtics Playoff History


April 20, 1986

BOSTON'S FINEST
Here is a look at the top individual playoff performances ever in Boston.
Player Points Date
Michael Jordan 63 April 20, 1986
Elgin Baylor 61 April 14, 1962
Bob Cousy 50 March 21, 1953
Wilt Chamberlain 50 March 22, 1960
Michael Jordan 49 April 17, 1986
Sam Jones 47 April 10, 1963
It was on this date in Celtics playoff history that the Boston Garden saw its greatest individual performance of all-time.

On April 20, 1986, Michael Jordan scored a Garden record 63 points in a 135-131 loss to the Celtics in a Game 2 of a first-round, double overtime game in Beantown.

Jordan connected 22 of 41 shots and made 19 of 21 free throws in a performance that caused teammate John Paxson to want “to stop and watch him -- and I was playing.”

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

Box Score - April 20, 1986


Jordan drives in on Kevin McHale and Bill Walton.
(Photo by Steve Lipofsky)

Jordan shoots over Robert Parish.
(Photo by Steve Lipofsky)

Jordan and Larry Bird shake hands before the tip.
(Photo by Steve Lipofsky)

Jordan puts the moves on McHale.
(Photo by Steve Lipofsky)