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MJ WINS HIS FIRST OF SEVEN CONSECUTIVE SCORING TITLES IN '86-'87
1986-87 Season Highlights

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   RECAP
In 1986-87, Jordan began a string of consecutive NBA scoring titles that would last for seven seasons until his surprise temporary retirement in 1993. He scored a career-high 37.1 points per game and became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to top 3,000 points in a season. In November and December he went on a rampage and rang up 40 points or more in nine straight games. He poured in 58 points against the New Jersey Nets on February 26, then toasted the Atlanta Hawks for 61 on April 16 in a game in which he sank an NBA-record 23 points in a row. Jordan also became the first player in league history to record 200 steals and 100 blocked shots in a season.

Jordan played in the All-Star Game, won the Slam Dunk Championship, and was named to the All-NBA First Team. Despite Jordan's all-world performance, the Bulls still couldn't break above the .500 mark. They slipped a notch in the Central Division, finishing fifth with a 40-42 record, and drew Boston in the first round of the playoffs. For the second straight year, the Celtics sent the Bulls home with a three-game sweep. Jordan averaged 35.7 points but shot just .417 from the field in that series.


  HONORS
All-NBA First Team
NBA All-Star Starter
Slam Dunk Champion

   REGULAR-SEASON STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
86-87 Chi 82 82 40.0 .482 .182 .857 2.0 3.2 5.2 4.6 2.88 1.5237.1

   PLAYOFF STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
86-87 Chi 3 3 42.7.417 .400 .897 2.3 4.7 7.0 6.0 2.00 2.3335.7

   REGULAR-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Michael Jordan

 

at New York Knicks
Steve Colter launches the alley-oop up for MJ, as Jordan opens the year at the Madison Square Garden with a 50-point performance.
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at New York Knicks
Charles Oakley finds Jordan on the block and delivers a crafty pass so that Mike can throw down the two-handed dunk.
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at New York Knicks
His Airness follows his own miss and amends for it with a baseline move that results in a sweet reverse layup.
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at New York Knicks
Jordan takes over against the Knicks, converting the difficult off-balance scoop shot.
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at New York Knicks
MJ goes coast-to-coast with a pretty scooping layup to drive home the points.
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   ALL-STAR HIGHLIGHTS
After garnering a record number of votes, Michael Jordan is announced to the Seattle crowd at the 1987 All-Star Game.
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Jordan drives through traffic and finishes with the left-handed layup in the '87 All-Star Game.
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Michael Jordan wows the crowd in Seattle with the acrobatic move to split three defenders and bang home the shot off glass.
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   SLAM DUNK HIGHLIGHTS
Michael Jordan

 

MJ lifts off, floats through the air sideways and brings the ball from his hip for the overhead, one-handed tomahawk rip.
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MJ lifts off from the free throw line, double-pumps while flying through the air and slams it down.
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Air Jordan lifts off, brings the ball down, around, and up with the right hand for the super slam en route to his first slam dunk title.
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