We are currently in the midst of the NBA playoffs and all attention is being paid to the current roster of basketball stars dominating the league.
But it is also important to remember and celebrate iconic moments from playoff history.
Thursday is the 37th anniversary of Michael Jordan scoring a playoff record 63 points during a game against the Boston Celtics.
This record was set all the way back on April 20, 1986, and is still held to this day.
37 years ago today, a 23-year-old MJ set the NBA playoff record with 63 points 👏
He still holds the record today 🐐 pic.twitter.com/QePQMeYcGY
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 20, 2023
It was Game 2 of the first-round matchup between the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics.
Jordan was just unstoppable that night, even though he had missed many games that season due to a foot injury.
There were numerous remarkable performances from Jordan during his time but this was perhaps his most spectacular.
On Twitter, some fans simply posted goat emojis to symbolize Jordan’s status in league history.
— Pauletta Tonilas (@PLongoTonilas) April 20, 2023
Others just called him what he is: a legend.
— J Girl (@juliethardt) April 20, 2023
Others pointed out something that certain people forget about this special game: Jordan and his Bulls lost to the Celtics, 135-131, in double-overtime.
And he lost
— Justin (@jtworsley) April 20, 2023
Then were some who claimed that Stephen Curry, whose Golden State Warriors play on Thursday night, could break Jordan’s playoff record.
Stephan curry breaking that today
— X2Matthew (@X2Matthew) April 20, 2023
The likelihood of Curry – or anyone – breaking this record any time soon is small.
That’s because what Jordan did on that night back in 1986 is still one of the most incredible moments in NBA playoff history.
Scoring 63 points in any game is hard and is even more difficult during the postseason when the stakes are so much higher and people are playing so much harder.
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