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By the numbers: Michael Jordan's unparalleled Bulls career

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By the numbers: Michael Jordan's unparalleled Bulls career

Michael Jordan celebrated his 53rd birthday on Wednesday. Our own Chris Kamka compiled some of the craziest stats from Jordan's unparalleled NBA career.

Points by game:

Points Number of times
0-9 points 1
10-19 points 81
20-29 points 311
30-29 points 372
40-49 points 135
50-59 points 26
60-69 points 4

Jordan scored 10+ points in each of his first 89 career NBA games. Then he had eight points (in only 16 minutes off the bench right after coming back from foot injury) in game No. 90.

Then played the last 840 consecutive games of his Bulls career without scoring fewer than 10 points.

He added an additional 26 games to that streak with the Wizards to bring the total to 866 straight games, an NBA record.

From 1984-85 to 1997-98 (his Bulls years), Jordan had 30 games of at least 50 points. The next highest total over that span was seven, by Dominique Wilkins. And that's despite Jordan missing over a season and a half to play baseball.

Speaking of baseball, Jordan had 30 steals for the Birmingham Barons in 1994. Then he returned to the Bulls for the end of the 1994-95 season and had exactly 30 steals. Only once did an opposing player score 50+ against the Bulls in a game in which Jordan appeared (Dominique Wilkins 57, 12/10/86)

From 1984-85 to 1997-98, Jordan scored 29,277 points, which was 24.23% of the Bulls' 120,818 points. And that's despite Jordan missing over a season and a half to play baseball (and despite missing 64 games with a foot injury in 1985-86).

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Jordan appeared in 13 seasons with Bulls.

- in 1985-86 he played only 18 games due to injury

- in 1994-95 he played only 17 games after returning from baseball

- Jordan led the NBA in points scored in each of the other 11 seasons (led NBA in PPG in 10 of those seasons)

As a rookie in 1984-85, Jordan scored no fewer than 13 points in a game. He was held under 20 only nine times.

40+ point games with Bulls:

Michael Jordan 165
Everyone else 51

50+ point games with Bulls:

Michael Jordan 30
Everyone else 3*

*Chet Walker, Jamal Crawford & Jimmy Butler - one each

40+ point games with Bulls: 

Player 40+ point games Games
Michael Jordan's rookie year 7 82
Jimmy Butler's career 3 304
Derrick Rose's career 2 385
Luol Deng's Bulls career 1 637

From March 25 to April 14, 1989 (11 games):

Michael Jordan averaged 33.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 11.4 APG, had triple-double in 10 of 11 games (and had a career-high 17 assists in the game before that 11-game stretch - March 24th)

When Jordan scored a career-high 3,041 points in 1986-87, he made only 12 3-pointers. He later made a career-high 111 3-pointers in both 1995-96 and 1996-97.

During the six Bulls championship seasons, Jordan missed a total of six games: Two in 1991-92 and four in 1992-93. He played in 82 games in each of the last three championship seasons.

On Feb 26, 1987, Jordan (58 points) outscored the Nets' entire starting five (54 points)

On Jan 21, 1997, Jordan scored 51 of the Bulls' 88 points (58.0% of his team's points)

Michael Jordan is one of only three players in NBA history with five or more MVP awards. He and Bill Russell have won the award five times, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won it six times. 

Michael Jordan won NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 1987-88. He is only player to win the award while averaging over 30 PPG (35.0 PPG)

Michael Jordan passed Bob Love's franchise record of 12,623 points in a Bulls uniform on January 26, 1990.  At age 26 years, 343 days.

Michael Jordan reached 10,000 points for his NBA career on January 25, 1989.  At age 25 years, 343 days.

Jordan's 37.1 PPG in 1986-87 was highest in a season in NBA since Wilt Chamberlain (44.8 PPG in 1962-63). Since that season, the highest anyone other than Jordan has reached was Kobe Bryant's 35.4 PPG in 2005-06.

Jordan is the only player in NBA history to score 40+ points in a game after turning 40 (43 points at age 40 years, 4 days with Wizards on Feb 21, 2003)

In the playoffs:

Jordan scored 20+ points in each of his last 47 consecutive postseason games. (Last 7 of 1996, then all 19 in 1997, and all 21 in 1998) His 33.4 points per game in 179 career playoff games is an NBA record.

Jordan's three Minor League home runs in 1994 (with Birmingham Barons):

July 30, off Kevin Rychel (Carolina)

August 8, off Jeff Ware (Knoxville)

August 20, off Glen Cullop (Chattanooga)

Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

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Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

The Bulls couldn't have known it at the time, but when LeBron James blocked a Derrick Rose 3-point attempt in the final seconds of Game 5 in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, it was the closest those Bulls would ever get to the promised land.

It happened on May 26, 2011, seven long, long, long years ago today.

The game was an ugly one and certainly a fourth quarter the Bulls would love to have back. They took a 12-point lead on a Ronnie Brewer 3-pointer with 3:53 remaining. The Heat closed the game on a 19-4 run, with James' emphatic block on Rose the lasting image of the series.

James finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds, and added six assists, three steals and two blocks in 46 minutes.

Rose went just 9-for-29, finishing the series shooting 35 percent from the field after being named league MVP over James.

It's probably unfair to say James and James alone shut the Bulls' championship window. Rose's ACL tear the following postseason realistically was the biggest culprit. But these Bulls had won 62 games, had homecourt advantage, had the MVP, the Coach of the Year and all the momentum. And still they couldn't get it done against James.

That win also sent James to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007. He's been there every year since, though that could change as he faces the Celtics on Sunday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson scored 10 of 12 points for the Bulls during a fourth quarter run in Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals, the series clincher, and famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch that series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.