This Week in NBA History: Jordan drops 50 in consecutive postseason games
NBA.com Global on May 02, 2018 07:33 AM
CHICAGO - 1990: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls poses for a portrait in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Walter Iooss Jr./ NBAE/ Getty Images)
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Roughly four years after his 63-point playoff performance against the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan added to his postseason lore over a two-game stretch.
During the 1988 playoffs, Michael Jordan became the first player in NBA history to log back-to-back 50 point games in the playoffs. In Game 1 of a first-round series with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Apr. 28, Jordan scored 50 points on 19-for-35 shooting, sinking all 12 of his free throws.
Then came Game 2 three days later on May 1, 1988. Jordan one-upped himself with a 55-point game against the Cavs. He shot 24-for-45 overall and was 7-for-7 from the free throw line as the Bulls built a 2-0 series edge.
The Cavs forced a decisive Game 5, but Jordan delivered there, too. His 39 points (12-for-22 shooting overall) powered a series-clinching 107-101 Bulls win.