Skip to main content

BIRD EXPLAINED WHO WAS ON THE COURT “God disguised as Michael Jordan”


It's been 34 years since Michael Jordan’s historic individual performance against the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the first round of the 1985-86 NBA playoffs. 63 points Jordan scored in that game to this day remains the most points scored by a single player in a playoff game and is one of the most exceptional performances the historic arena of Boston Garden has witnessed. Despite Jordan’s achievement, the Bulls lost the double-overtime thriller, and Boston eventually swept the series 3-0 and later won the NBA championship.

Jordan was coming off a foot injury that made him miss 64 regular-season games. He was playing regular-season games on a heavy minutes restriction but was still able to lead his team to the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, securing a first-round matchup vs. Boston Celtics. MJ was facing a team led by a three-time MVP Larry Bird and five other Hall of Famers, but he was up for a challenge. Coming off an incredible 49 pts performance in game one against nine-time all-defensive team guard Dennis Johnson, Jordan showed the Celtics that he wasn’t going down without the fight.

Then came game 2 and the best scoring performance in NBA playoffs history. Jordan was scoring from all areas of the floor, hitting 12 of 22 pull-up jumpers, going 8 of 14 on drives to the basket and 2 of 5 on other shots. None of the shots he attempted were three-pointers. In addition to scoring, Jordan also dished out 6 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. He hit 19 free throws out of 21 attempts, none more significant than the two he hit at the end of regulation, forcing the game into overtime.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Various Celtics players guarded him, but none of them couldn’t contain him. Despite Jordan’s performance, his team just wasn’t up to par with the Celtics. Other than Michael, only two other Bulls scored double-figures in the game: Orlando Woolridge (24) and Charles Oakley (10). Six Celtics scored in double-figures, with Bird (36) and McHale (27) leading the way. After the game, Bill Walton, who Jordan caused to foul out called MJ’s performance “phenomenal” and Larry Bird famously described Michael.

“I think he's God disguised as Michael Jordan”

Larry Bird

On the list of Jordan’s incredible performances, this game is near the top, mainly because he was coming off the injury and considering the discrepancy between the teams. Jordan announced himself as the next face of the league and a player that will be dominant for years to come. It marked the start of the greatest career in NBA history by the greatest player in NBA history.

Bol Bol

Paolo Banchero compares Bol Bol to highly-touted prospect Victor Wembanyama - “Bol’s a freak of nature”

Banchero tried to avoid comparing Bol to Victor Wembanyama, but outlined the similarities between the star prospect and the new member of Orlando's frontcourt

Toronto Raptors

Fred VanVleet believes the Toronto Raptors would have three-peated had Kawhi Leonard stayed with the team

VanVleet said that had Leonard stuck with Toronto, the Raptors could have three-peated by winning the 2020 and 2021 NBA Finals

Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas playing against the New York Knicks

"Everybody wants to play in the Garden, besides the Knicks" — Gilbert Arenas goes in on New York Knicks fans

Gilbert Arenas breaks down why superstars don't want to play for the New York Knicks

Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley

"Patrick Beverley in the playoffs is an issue" — Iman Shumpert speaks on Patrick Beverley's value to the Los Angeles Lakers

Not everyone can see it right now, but Shumpert understands the importance of Pat Bev to the Lakers.


"It was an unmitigated slaughter calling out Shaq on everything" — Kobe Bryant savagely criticized Shaquille O'Neal in an unreleased statement

Sports Illustrated's Howard Beck talked about at the unpublished Kobe interview where he apparently ripped Shaq like never before.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

"He’ll give you the shirt off his back" — Juwan Howard's Michael Jordan story reveals the other side of Black Jesus

Juwan Howard expected to get trash-talked to death upon seeing Michael Jordan in Los Angeles.