Michael Jordan had already retired twice, but this time was for real. It was April 16, 2003, the final time "His Airness" would play in an NBA game.
The Wizards were wrapping up a 37-win season where they missed the playoffs by five games. Going up against Allen Iverson and a contending Philadelphia 76ers squad, Jordan had a tall task in front of him to go out on top.
Jordan was followed by a heavy media presence. Everybody wanted eyes on MJ during his final game. Celebrities like Spike Lee, Warren Sapp and Patrick Ewing were in attendance, Jordan was gifted a personalized golf cart before the game and embraced Philly legends Julius Erving and Moses Malone prior to tip.
The 76ers even brought back the Bulls' old PA announcer to read his name off during pregame intros. Everything was tailored toward No. 23.
Unfortunately for Jordan and the Wizards, the good vibes kind of ended there. Jordan struggled throughout the night from the field, scoring just 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting, while Washington ended up losing the game 107-87. Iverson predictably led the way for the 76ers with 35 points and 6 assists.
The final points of Jordan's career came at the free-throw line -- he secured an average of 20 points per game at the age of 40. Despite a down year for the Wizards, Jordan still managed to pull off an impressive accomplishment.
Jordan finished his career with six NBA championships, five MVP awards, 11 All-NBA selections, nine All-Defensive selections a Defensive Player of the Year award, 14 All-Star selections and 10 scoring titles.
The greatest of all time.
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