The famous “Double Nickle” game could have gone very wrong for Jordan after a hard foul from Ewing

The famous “Double Nickle” game could have gone very wrong for Jordan after a hard foul from Ewing

The “Double Nickle” game at the Madison Square Garden was one of the most iconic performances by Michael Jordan in the 90’s.  Wearing a number 45 traveling to New York to face the rival Knicks, MJ was unstoppable as he erupted for 55 points that night. Jordan completely outplayed John Starks all game long and capped off his brilliant performance by setting up Bill Wennington for a dunk that gave Chicago a last-second victory.

However, things could have ended very bad for Jordan on one of his plays during the game.  With 23 seconds left in the second quarter Jordan drove hard to the basket past John Starks and went for a dunk on Patrick Ewing who was patroling the paint didn’t allow anymore easy baskets, especially not from his arch rival. In Jordan’s effort to dunk the ball, Ewing fouled him extremely hard which resulted in Jordan falling on his right foot in such a way that could have tear his ACL/MCL.

Fortunately for Jordan, it seems it looked a lot worse than it actually was because he stood up after a few seconds and casually made both free throws. Hard foul attempts like this one from Ewing could have easily done more damage and it’s pretty incredible it seemed like it didn’t bother Jordan at all. He eventually had his revenge and continued to dazzle with his typical jump-shooting and all-around brilliance.