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On this date in 92: MJ's remarkable game vs Miami Heat

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On this date in 1992, prime MJ delivered one of his best playoff performance vs Miami Heat. This was also Miami Heat's first playoff run and their first home game, however, MJ made sure it was also their last game that season.

Miami was on fire early in the game and took an 18-point lead. While Jordan was scoreless, the Heat built a 33-15 lead, but the best player in the NBA hated to lose so MJ decided to take over.

Jordan scored no points in the first 10 minutes and then scored 56 all in the last 38 minutes. His Airness helped the Chicago Bulls beat the Heat, 119-114, and completed a sweep in their first-round playoff series.

In his remarkable performance, the third-highest total in playoff history, he was 20 for 30 and had five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

Jordan holds the record of 63 in a double-overtime game against Boston in 1986. Elgin Baylor had 61 for the Lakers in a playoff game against the Celtics in 1962.

Jordan averaged 45 points in the three games against the Heat.

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"He could score whatever number he wants," Miami center Rony Seikaly said. "He could score 100 points if he wants to."

Scottie Pippen added 31 points for the Bulls. Seikaly had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Glen Rice had 25 points for Miami, but the Heat couldn't keep up with Jordan.

"I was in the zone," he said. "I just see myself and the basket. It's a great zone to be in.

"We were a little shocked, a little embarrassed by the Heat's fast start. But it's better to be down 18 early than late."

Said Miami Coach Kevin Loughery: "We'll feel bad because we could have won the game. But most likely they are going to be NBA champs."

Miami's head coach was absolutely right since the Bulls won their second NBA championship later that season in a series vs Portland Trailblazers.


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