Michael Jordan Top 23 NBA Career Moments -- No. 23

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Top moments in Jordan’s NBA career: No. 23

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By Sam Smith | asksam@bulls.com | 09.07.09

No. 23: Who says I can’t defend?

December 12, 1987 — Jordan had been called just a scorer the season before, when he averaged 37.1 points per game and was left off the all-defensive teams. This game was a symbolic one, as Jordan had 44 points and nine assists in the win, but also blocked shots of both Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson in leading both teams with five blocks and five steals.

Jordan became the only scoring leader to also win Defensive Player of the Year and was first team all-defense every full season the rest of his Bulls career.