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Baron Davis describes what it's like playing against Michael Jordan: "It's a certain level he can go to that not a lot of people can."

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Baron Davis remembers when Jordan dropped 51 points

During his time with Washington Wizards, despite being close to 40, Michael Jordan was still schooling the new generation of players coming into the league. He would show glimpses of his former self quite often, and that is what he did when scoring 51 points against the Charlotte Hornets at the age of 38 in 2001. That particular game was of utmost importance to him because, in the previous game, he scored only 8 points and needed to shut down the critics that were bashing him in the media. Former NBA player Baron Davis, a member of the Hornets, remembers that game very well.

In a podcast on the Balldontstop channel, Davis used that game to illustrate how it feels like playing against Michael Jordan. Davis said he and the rest of the team were trying hard to stop Jordan from scoring, but all their efforts made no impact whatsoever.

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“I was trying hard, but I was like c’mon dude. He was cooking.”

Baron Davis, via Balldontstop

Davis also explained what it's like when going against Jordan. The problem most players have is that they were big fans of him, and while they are standing and admiring him, he is putting up points after points. Davis believes Jordan is aware of his impact every time he steps on the basketball court, which gives him an advantage when playing against anybody in the league.

"I am about to play against Michael Jordan, so you are hyped. He ain't even tripping because he knows he will bust your ass. You don't even know how to focus on playing against Michael Jordan. You are hyped, and when you get on the court, you say this is Michael Jordan. The whole time when you are in the game, you are like a fan the whole time. By the time you look up, he got 50. He got 50 on me. It's a certain level he can go to that not a lot of people can go to."

Baron Davis, via Balldontstop

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That was the highest-scoring game in a Wizards jersey for Jordan, and interestingly enough, he was feeling himself that entire week. In the next game against the New Jersey Nets, Jordan dropped 45 points and, during that period, was the best player on the Wizards and one of the early MVP candidates that season. Unfortunately, Jordan suffered an injury later in the season, which reflected on the whole team that didn't have enough talent to make it to the playoffs.


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