Michael had just dropped a career-low 6 points in a blowout loss against the Pacers and was looking to bounce back. But no one expected he would reach the threshold he had reached. The guy was almost 40, and scoring 6 was much less of an anomaly than scoring 50. But that’s exactly what MJ fed off. He made it personal, one of the last times in his iconic NBA run.
In 38 minutes of action, Jordan shot 21-for-38 from the floor and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. He also had 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals for a team-high +/- of +24. Michael became the oldest player to ever score 50 at the time and the guy who had the most points in one quarter against the Hornets (24).
According to ESPN, Jordan’s 38th 50-point game (playoffs and regular season) set an MCI Center record and was the first 50-point game by a Wizards player since ’98. It was the first 50-point game by a Wizards player at home since Bernard King’s 50 against Utah on March 6, 1991.
Baron Davis, the Hornets starting point guard at the time, had a front-row seat to greatness displayed by a 38-year-old MJ. He described Jordan’s performance as crazy, almost unprecedented, but what’s even crazier is that Michael almost did it again the very next game when he put up 45 on the Nets. That’s how great MJ was, even at the age of 38.