5 cool facts from Michael Jordan’s 63-point playoff game April 20, 1986
MJ had turned 23 years old only two months prior to Game 2 of this Eastern Conference First round matchup between the Bulls and Celtics at Boston Garden. He had only played 18 regular season games in the 1985-86 regular season due to a broken foot.
Jordan’s 63 points came on 22 of 41 shooting, as well as 19 of 21 from the free throw line. He did not make a single three point attempt.
Jordan’s 63 accounted for 48% of his team’s 131 points. While the game went to double-overtime, Jordan scored 54 of his 63 during regulation.
The Celtics team against which Jordan scored his 63 points had four Hall of Famers in the starting lineup – Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish & Dennis Johnson – and one Hall of Famer off the bench – Bill Walton.
Jordan’s 63 points set a new NBA single-game playoff record. The previous record was held by Elgin Baylor, who scored 61 points on April 14, 1962. Jordan’s record still stands today.