January 16, 1993: Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan scored 64 points in an epic matchup with Shaquille O'Neal and the Orlando Magic. Despite Jordan's amazing game, the Bulls lost, 128-124, in overtime.
Jordan attempted 60 total shots (11 free throws) in the game. He was 27-of-49 from the field, had 6 rebounds and only one assist. The next highest scorer on Chicago was Scottie Pippen with just 17. Shaq, a rookie, finished with 29 points and 24 rebounds.
The Bulls had a 6-point lead with 44 seconds left, and couldn't close out the rookie O'Neal and the Magic. After the game Jordan told reporters he didn't care about how he played:
“The points don’t make a difference to me,” Jordan said. “It’s just wasted energy in a sense because we didn’t finish the game the way we should have. ‘We just gave away the game. ‘We played good enough, but we just made some dumb plays. When you blow a six-point lead in less than a minute, there is something wrong with that. Getting 64 points doesn’t mean anything when you lose.”
Well, it may not have meant anything to Jordan, but it sure was incredible to watch. Take a look at every one of his points:
It was the second most points Jordan scored during his career. His 69 in 1990 against the Cleveland Cavaliers is tops. Wilt Chamberlain's 100 points is the most ever scored in an NBA game, but Jordan holds the record for most ever scored in a playoff game when he poured in 63 against the eventual NBA champion Boston Celtics in 1986.
Here's to you Michael Jordan and the 64 points you scored on this day, 22 years ago.