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Ranking Michael Jordan's Top 50 Games of All Time: Part 1

Chicago Bulls
Space Jam
Washington Bullets
the San Diego Chicken
Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Lakers
Georgia Tech
Yellow Jackets
Boston Celtics
Chicago Bulls 128
Portland Trail
the Seattle SuperSonics
Detroit Pistons
the Air Jordans
the Washington Wizards
the Toronto Raptors
the Orlando Magic
All-Star Weekend
Indiana Pacers
Chicago Bulls 120The Bulls
Slam Dunk Contest
Atlanta Hawks
Detroit Pistons 94The Bulls
Washington Bullets 104
Utah Jazz 86
Chicago Tribune
White Team 187
Red Team
Winter League
the Scottie Pippen Ameritech All-Star Classic
Cleveland Cavaliers 101
Eastern Conference
Chicago Stadium
Milwaukee Bucks 107
the Boston Celtics
the Milwaukee Bucks
Chicago Bulls 104
the Charlotte Hornets
the Dream Team's
NBA All-Star Game
the Slam Dunk Contest
the All-Star Game
Chicago Bulls 111
Phoenix Suns
the Boston Garden
Chicago Bulls 102
Chicago White Sox 4
Major League Baseball
American League West
The White Sox
the Double-A Birmingham Barons
Chicago Bulls 108
Chicago Bulls 125
the Utah Jazz
Miami Heat
Chicago Bulls 96
the San Antonio Spurs
the Los Angeles Lakers
the Eastern Conference
St. John's
The NBA Players Association
the Eastern Conference Finals
Isiah Thomas
The Pistons

Michael Jordan
Bloody Mary
Will Smith
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Billy Packer
Bobby Knight
Tony Gwynn
105The Bulls
Kobe Bryant
Dean Smith's
Mark Price's
Mike Jordan
Bernard King
Russell Westbrook
Clyde Drexler
Magic Johnson
John Paxson
Bill Cartwright
Scottie Pippen
John Salley
Vinnie Johnson
James Edwards
Joe Dumars
Vince Carter
Tracy McGrady
Mariah Carey
Isiah Thomas
Shawn Marion
Michael Vick
Dominique Wilkins
Jermaine O'Neal
Chris Webber
Juwan Howard
Calbert Cheaney
Jud Buechler
Steve Kerr
Jeff Van Gundy's
Bob Sakamoto
Penny Hardaway
John Starks
Mitch Richmond
Gary Payton
Orlando Magic
Nick Anderson
Toni Kukoc
Jerry Krause
George Gervin
Charles Barkley's
Larry Bird
Shaquille O'Neal
Bob Costas
Spike Lee
Earl "The Pearl" Monroe
Horace Grant
Dan Pasqua
Darrin Jackson
Chuck Crim
James Worthy
Byron Scott
James Harden
Kevin Willis
Antoine Carr
Joe Vardon
Randy Wittman
Adrian Dantley
Bill Laimbeer
Sedale Threatt
Dave Corzine
Charlotte Hornets
Kevin Loughery
Xavier McDaniel's
Pat Riley-
Jalen Rose
Rik Smits
Reggie Miller
Julius Erving
Patrick Ewing
Chris Mullin
Alex English
Walter Davis
Larry Nance
Dick Stockton
Dennis Rodman
Michael Jordan's


West Coast
the East a

Chicago Stadium
Madison Square Garden
the Highlight Factory
the All-Star Game
the United Center
Wrigley Field
Crosstown Classic

North Carolina
New York
New York City
Auburn Hills
San Antonio
New York Knicks
United States
New Jersey
Los Angeles

NFC Championship Game
the NBA Finals—
the Eastern Conference Semifinals
Game 7
Eastern Conference Finals
the 1997 NBA Finals
Game 6
Game 3
Game 1
Game 2
Games 6
the 1984 Olympics
the Games
The 1988 NBA Finals

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This category factors in what Jordan won, whether it be an important game, a personal victory or any type of validation.Date: Oct. 26, 1984Stat line: 16 PTS, 5-16 FG, 6-7 FT, 7 AST, 6 REB, 2 STL, 4 BLKFinal score: Washington Bullets 93, Chicago Bulls 109Jordan didn't look like the best player in NBA history during his first regular-season game. Things didn't get better for Price with his matchups against Jordan in the pros.No one had any idea nights like this would be common in the NBA, but this is the college season where Mike Jordan, who hit the game-winner against Georgetown to win the national championship as a freshman, turned into Michael Jordan, sophomore consensus first-team All-American.Date: Nov. 8, 1984Stat line: 33 PTS, 15-22 FG, 3-4 FT, 5 AST, 8 REB, 3 STL, 2 BLKFinal score: Chicago Bulls 121, New York Knicks 106This was long before New York City became the punch line of professional basketball. Jordan ended the season losing the MVP to Magic Johnson, but he still averaged 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists for the year while shooting 53.8 percent from the field.Date: Dec. 25, 1990Stat line: 37 PTS, 14-23 FG, 8-10 FT, 3 AST, 8 REB, 3 STL, 2 BLKFinal score: Detroit Pistons 86, Chicago Bulls 98Christmas is the biggest day on the NBA's regular-season calendar, so this list must have Jordan's best Dec. 25 performance. It took 18 years, but the Bulls franchise finally hit its home run.Date: Feb. 7, 1988Stat line: 40 PTS, 17-23 FG, 6-6 FT, 3 AST, 8 REB, 4 BLK, 4 STLFinal score: Western All-Stars 133, Eastern All-Stars 138Chicago's 1988 All-Star Weekend was always going to belong to Michael Jordan. The Bulls had five players score in double digits, including a 23-point, 10 assist performance from Scottie Pippen, atoning for his migraine-stained ECF Game 7 in 1990.Date: April 27, 1997Stat line: 55 PTS, 22-35 FG, 10-10 FT, 2 AST, 7 REB, 2 STLFinal score: Washington Bullets 104, Chicago Bulls 109Even in the NBA playoffs, there is time for some fun and unprovoked trash talk. Jordan proceeded to score 50 points for the last time in a Bulls uniform, and the Bullets were eliminated in three games (along with their nickname).Date: June 13, 1997Stat line: 39 PTS, 15-35 FG, 8-10 FT, 4 AST, 11 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLKFinal score: Utah Jazz 86, Chicago Bulls 90Obviously, this wasn't Jordan's most famous game of the 1997 NBA Finals, but the Bulls needed everything he had to win their fifth NBA championship in Game 6. They wouldn't trail the rest of the game, and he scored 10 points in his eight fourth-quarter minutes to go along with his legendary assist to Kerr to take the lead for good at 88-86.Date: Jan. 21, 1997Stat line: 51 PTS, 18-30 FG, 10-11 FT, 4 AST, 4 REB, 2 STLFinal score: New York Knicks 87, Chicago Bulls 88The 1996-97 season was Jeff Van Gundy's first full year as head coach of the Knicks, but he had been an assistant with the team since 1989. Then, at the end, Jordan took a knee, gave the midcourt logo a kiss and said goodbye.Date: May 8, 1988Stat line: 39 PTS, 12-22 FG, 15-18 FT, 6 AST, 4 REB, 2 STL, 2 BLKFinal score: Cleveland Cavaliers 101, Chicago Bulls 107It took four seasons, but Jordan finally got his first playoff series victory in 1988. Chicago Stadium gave the team a standing ovation, and Jordan savored his first taste of real NBA success, yelling and pumping his fists repeatedly as he left the floor, finally moving on to the next round.Date: April 24, 1985Stat line: 35 PTS, 12-26 FG, 11-16 FT, 7 AST, 8 REB, 4 STL, 1 BLKFinal score: Milwaukee Bucks 107, Chicago Bulls 109Michael Jordan's first playoff appearance was not against the Boston Celtics in 1986 after the broken foot (we'll get to that performance later). The Bulls didn't win another playoff game until 1988, but that moment was some good icing on the end of Jordan's Rookie of the Year campaign in which he averaged 28.2 points and led the Bulls in points, steals, assists and rebounds per game.Date: May 10, 1995Stat line: 38 PTS, 17-30 FG, 3-8 FT, 3 AST, 7 REB, 4 STL, BLKFinal score: Chicago Bulls 104, Orlando Magic 94Jordan's 1995 comeback was going spectacularly. It was clear Jordan and Pippen were out to embarrass Kukoc that day, and they succeeded.Date: Feb. 12, 1985 Stat line: 49 PTS, 19-31 FG, 11-13 FT, 5 AST, 15 REB, 4 STLFinal score: Detroit Pistons 126, Chicago Bulls 139The story is that veterans at the 1985 NBA All-Star Game weren't too thrilled with Jordan. After believing that if given the opportunity he could prove he was a better basketball player than Jordan, he later admitted that this game made him think otherwise.Date: April 17, 1986Stat line: 49 PTS, 18-36 FG, 13-15 FT, 2 AST, 4 REB, 2 STL, 1 BLKFinal score: Chicago Bulls 104, Boston Celtics 123Jordan played in only 18 regular-season games during the 1985-86 season. Simba was grown, and he wanted Bird's kingdom.Date: Jan. 16, 1993Stat line: 64 PTS, 27-49 FG, 9-11 FT, 1 AST, 6 REB, 5 STLFinal score: Orlando Magic 128, Chicago Bulls 124I might as well let that cat out of the bag now: All of Jordan's 60-plus-point games are on this list. As shown by this amazing effort in a Bulls loss.Date: March 8, 1998Stat line: 42 PTS, 17-33 FG, 7-9 FT, 6 AST, 8 REB, 3 STL, 1 BLKFinal score: Chicago Bulls 102, New York Knicks 89This was built up as Jordan's last game in Madison Square Garden. There was a drive that caused NBC's Bob Costas to blurt out, "Oh my goodness!"With Spike Lee and former Knicks guard Earl "The Pearl" Monroe sitting courtside, Jordan put on a critically acclaimed performance.Date: May 27, 1996Stat line: 45 PTS, 16-23 FG, 10-14 FT, 5 AST, 3 REB, 1 BLK, 1 STLFinal score: Chicago Bulls 106, Orlando Magic 101If Magic forward and previous Bulls champion Horace Grant hadn't gotten hurt in the first game, maybe the Magic would have won a game or two. Jordan had his struggles while batting .202 during the 1994 season with the Double-A Birmingham Barons, but he stole the show at Wrigley that day.Date: June 12, 1991Stat line: 30 PTS, 12-23 FG, 6-8 FT, 10 AST, 4 REB, 5 STL, 2 BLKFinal score: Chicago Bulls 108, Los Angeles Lakers 101This wasn't Jordan's best scoring night, but this might have been the best way for him to clinch his first NBA championship. After seven years of being criticized for scoring too much, he still got his 30 points but was a more than willing passer and let a teammate do the honors of finishing off his opponent to finally win an NBA championship.Date: April 16, 1987Stat line: 61 PTS, 22-38 FG, 17-21 FT, 1 AST, 10 REB, 4 STL, 1 BLKFinal score: Atlanta Hawks 117, Chicago Bulls 114The 1986-87 season was the most Michael Jordan and the Jordanaires campaign of his career. "He tapped [guard] Randy Wittman on the leg and said, 'Lace em up, it's gonna be a long f--king night,' and then he walked out."Date: March 4, 1987Stat line: 61 PTS, 22-39 FG, 17-18 FT, 3 AST, 7 REB, 3 STL, 3 BLKFinal score: Chicago Bulls 125, Detroit Pistons 120This was his first regular-season game scoring 60-plus points, and it came against the team that finished with the fifth-best defensive rating in the NBA. The Bulls got 19 points from backup guard Sedale Threatt and 11 points from center Dave Corzine in the overtime victory.Date: Dec. 29, 2001Stat line: 51 PTS, 21-38 FG, 9-10 FT, 4 AST, 7 REB, 3 STLFinal score: Charlotte Hornets 90, Washington Wizards 107Michael Jordan really came back at damn near 40 to play in the NBA. Criticize Jordan's comeback all you want, but the fact that he took three seasons off, came back to a Wizards team that wasn't good—which was partially his fault since he was an executive—and dropped 50 points two months in is evidence that he was put on Earth to play basketball.Date: April 29, 1992Stat line: 56 PTS, 20-30 FG, 16-18 FT, 5 AST, 5 REB,  4 STL, 2 BLKFinal score: Chicago Bulls 119, Miami Heat 114This clinching game against the Heat is the second-highest-scoring playoff game of Jordan's career. His first NBA coach, Kevin Loughery, was coaching the Heat, and Jordan showed just how much his game had grown since 1985.The Heat put up a valiant effort in Game 3, but that 56 points made it clear that it was time to send the playoff newbies home.Date: May 17, 1992Stat line: 42 PTS, 15-29 FG, 12-13 FT, 4 AST, 6 REB, 3 BLK, 2 STLFinal score: New York Knicks 81, Chicago Bulls 110In the Bulls' first playoffs after winning their first NBA championship, the Knicks pushed them in the first six games of the conference semifinals. The new Pat Riley-led Knicks would soon prove to be one of the NBA's best teams, but that day Jordan made sure his team would not be a one-and-done champion lumped in a category with many others.Date: June 16, 1993Stat line: 55 PTS, 21-37 FG, 13-18 FT, 4 AST, 8 REBFinal score: Phoenix Suns 105, Chicago Bulls 111The Bulls had visions of a sweep in their heads, but the Suns kicked that away with an impressive triple-overtime victory in Game 3. Jordan lugged the Bulls along in that fourth quarter until John Paxson and Horace Grant could seal the deal and make the Bulls one of the greatest teams in NBA history.Date: March 19, 1995Stat line: 19 PTS, 7-28 FG, 5-6 FT, 6 AST, 6 REB, 3 STLFinal score: Chicago Bulls 96, Indiana Pacers 103Yes, it would've been lovely if Jordan scored 30 points in his first basketball game in over a year. He still proved that he could play professional basketball at the highest level, and this game was a huge step in cementing himself as the greatest basketball player of all time.Date: June 5, 1991Stat line: 33 PTS, 15-18 FG, 3-4 FT, 13 AST, 7 REB, 1 BLK, 2 STLFinal score: Los Angeles Lakers 86, Chicago Bulls 107The Bulls came within a Jordan shot that rattled out of going up 1-0 against the Lakers. Jordan still found time to make the highlight play of the series, the dunk attempt he changed in midair to a layup, and the Bulls ran the Lakers out of the gym.Date: Feb. 21, 2003Stat line: 43 PTS, 18-30 FG, 7-8 FT, 3 AST, 10 REB, 1 BLK, 4 STLFinal score: New Jersey Nets 86, Washington Wizards 89The Nets played the San Antonio Spurs much better in the 2003 NBA Finals than they did the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002.

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