- Statline: PPG - 69 points, APG - 6 assists, RPG - 18 rebounds, SPG - 4 steals
- March 28th, 1990
As a Cleveland Cavaliers fan, it’s going to absolutely pain me to put two entries on this list (you already know what the other one is going to be). On the evening of March 28th, 1990, Michael Jordan just casually decided that he was going to notch his career high in points against us, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jordan’s affinity for terrorizing the Cavs was similar to LeBron’s love of tormenting Toronto (aka LeBronto) in the sense that he just always seemed to have some of his iconic career moments against them. That said, the performance was a masterclass, and there was a sold out crowd at the Richfield Coliseum to witness it.
Since it was March and the Cavs record to that point wasn’t exactly outstanding, Cleveland was trying to get as many wins as possible in the hopes of being able to notch the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. And as usual, Jordan said it wasn’t going to happen against him. From his turnaround jumper against Craig Ehlo in the opening minutes (Jordan really had it out for Ehlo), it was clear the night was going to be a special one as Jordan was barely missing in the first half (11-of-15 to be exact).
There was a spectacle of dunks, layups, mid-range jumpers, everything you can possibly think of. And when M.J. wasn’t scoring, then he was assisting and making it happen on the defensive end. While most would assume that there was an even balance of Jordan/Bulls fans in the sellout crowd that night, the boos and jeers indicated otherwise.
Make no mistake, Clevelander hated (and probably still does hate Michael Jordan), and the more emotionally fired up the crowd got, the more Jordan scored. A pair of free throws got M.J. to surpass his previous career high of 63, and another pair of free throws to get his 68th and 69th point secured the win for the Bulls, and another loss for Cleveland at the hands of Michael Jordan.