Before he became a global icon, back in the days when he had a close-cropped head of hair,
Michael Jordan turned in a playoff performance for the ages.
On April 20, 1986, inside Boston Garden, Michael Jordan put on an unforgettable
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Jordan was able to play in only 18 regular-season games in his second year in the NBA, after breaking a small bone in his foot in
Chicago's third game of the year. Although he was encouraged to sit out the end of the season in order to
make sure he was fully healed for the next, he insisted on coming back late in the season and led the Bulls to
the 1986 NBA Playoffs.
It was in Game 2 of Chicago's first round matchup against the eventual NBA
champion Boston Celtics that Jordan showed just how thoroughly he had recovered. In the hallowed halls of
the Boston Garden, he set a playoff record by scoring an amazing 63 points against what many considered to be one
of the greatest NBA teams ever. The Celtics won the game, 135-131 in double-overtime, and went on to sweep
the Bulls, but Jordan's playoff record still stands.
"Michael was doing so much and so well, I found
myself just wanting to stop and watch him -- and I was playing," said teammate John Paxson.
think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us," marveled Celtics ace Larry Bird. "He is the most
exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it's just God disguised as Michael Jordan."