Video, We Reminisce / May 19, 2010 / 3:45 pm

We Reminisce: Michael Jordan drops 64 on Orlando

Maybe it’s cruel to do this to Orlando Magic fans after what happened last night, but it’s never a bad time to show some of The G.O.A.T.‘s best work. In 1993, Shaq‘s first visit to Chicago, MJ dumped 64 points on the Magic on 49 field goal attempts. So it wasn’t the most efficient, but still impressive…

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  • fallinup

    DAYUM! 49 shots… hahaha… hilarious. And you know each one of those shots was a welcoming gift directed right at the big man.

    BTW. Shaq’s line was nothing to shun. It may have been too long for the youngins’ to remember now… But Shaq was the real deal right out the get go. Such a friggin MONSTER.

  • LakeShow84

    Lol @ 49 FG attempts..

    Thats some shit right there..

  • Detroit Dave

    You guys are pretty good withe the “we reminisce” series…

    We need Sprewell, Penny Hardaway, Ray Allen, Tony Delk (dropping 50 bomb), Ray vs Allen Iverson college and 2001 NBA Playoffs.

    Rod Strickland, Glen Rice, Fab 5, the 96 or 97 Kentucky Championship Team, College JJ Redick, Gilbert Arenas,

  • karizmatic

    27 of 49 is 55% what’s not efficient about that?

  • sh!tfaced

    If it wasn’t enough Orlando taking a beating already…
    And damn, 49 shots already is a 5-game mini series for most players.

  • Promoman

    Too bad the Bulls barely lost that game and that Jordan got the date wrong on the DMP 7 package that recognized it.

  • Rafa23

    55% shooting is pretty good. not like some 14 of 42 nights from kobe.

  • TIP

    55% wasn’t efficient enough?

  • jeremy

    agree. 55% extremely efficient for a 2-guard

  • LakeShow84

    I think they were implying 49 shots for 62 points isnt exactly the model picture of efficieny..

    He mightve shot over 50% but he took FORTY-NINE shots lol he almost took more than half the shots his team took probably lol..

    You want around 50% on 25 shots.. true efficiency would be 60-70% on close to 50 shots.. something like 31+/49

    Lebron, Dwade, Durant, Melo and maybe even BRoy could get to 60 on 49 shots.. be real..

    Thats my 2 cents..

    @ Rafa23

    Kobe dropped 81 with less FG attempts.. Raise your hand next time..

  • http://www.haywoodplanning.com D.H.

    That shake turn around fade away jumper is beautiful. Must have been frustrating as anything to guard.

  • danocasa

    Granted Kobe took less shots than Jordan did (46), theres a difference between the games. Kobe shoots threes, Jordan did not. Kobe was 7-10 from three in the 81 point game, and 18-20 from the line. In the above highlight, Jordan only makes one three, and we all know it was infintely harder to get to the line in ’93 than it was in ’06. Jordan was only 9-11 from the line in this game. So with the excess in threes and free throws for kobe, thats a +15 point differential on only three less shots. Whats 64+15? 79. How many more shots did Kobe make in his 81 point game than Jordan in this game? 1. Math is fun!

  • Royal

    Look I just got finished with my final exams this week and kinda out of it right now, so excuse me danocasa because I don’t know what the hell your trying to prove.But why take away from Kobe’s 81 point game because he shoots threes?In my opinion that makes his 81 point game even more impressive.

  • LakeShow84

    @ Danacosa

    Thank you.. But i was just sayin :)

  • QQ is an idiot

    @ danocasa

    that is by far the dumbest thing i have ever read. so because kobe shot 3’s, his was less impressive?

    not to mention this game went into overtime. please stfu next time.

  • pierce


    Kobe also had a 17-49 performance against the Celtics in 2002 for 41 points. 41 points on 47 shots! Go figure…
    he’s had a 17-44 shooting performance…a 19-44 performance….and many other ridiculous ones including (i think) 45 shots for 58 points against eh Charlotte Bobcats in 2007.Not surprisingly the Lakers lost. He’s had double the amount of regular searon 40 point games that Jordan had i believe…..
    You’re bound to get hot one time, and he did against Toronto in 2006 (at the time the worst defense in the league, and finished the season ranked 3rd worst defensive team)…
    Compare that to 23-37 shots for Jordan against the 6th best defense in the league Cavaliers in 1990 for 69 points, 18 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks
    vs 81 points on 46 shots (9 more shots), 6 rebounds, 2 assists against the 3rd worst defensive team in the league.
    Give Jordan those extra 9 shots…80-82 Points!!!
    Don’t forget the assists, how many points Jordan accounted for that night.

  • pierce

    Another one for you..
    How about the 59 points 21-27 shooting game Jordan had against the Detroit Pistons defense in 1987? Now, what is Jordan took another 20 shots? You get the point don’t you….Kobe’s performance was hardly impossible to achieve if Jordan had wanted to.

  • Walter

    Interesting stats… I took a look at Kobe and Jordan for games in which a player took at least 40 shots.

    Here is the breakdown:

    Kobe: 46.0 MPG, 52.5 Pts, 5.3 reb, 3.8 ast, 46.3% FG, 37.1 3P, 83.7% FT
    Jordan: 45.5 MPG, 49.3 Pts, 6.5 reb, 2.3 ast, 47.2% FG, 16.7% 3P, 79.4% FT

    Looking at the numbers they are pretty close.

    Two interestind notes:

    Kobe took a significant number of 3’s compared to Jordan, 8.8 vs only 3.0. As a result, despite Kobe shooting a slightly lower FG%, he scored more points on field goals than Jordan. Kobe scored 43.5 points (excl FT’s) on 43.5 FGA while Jordan scored 42.5 points (one less than Kobe) on 44.5 FGA (one more than Kobe). So Kobe was actually a more efficient shooter than Jordan in these games.

    Also, Kobe’s record in these games was 4-4 where as Jordan went 0-4.

  • QQ is an idiot

    @ pierce

    I’m not discrediting Jordan’s performance at all. It’s incredible. I’m actually kinda confused in that clip because at the end of the game there is like no one left in the crowd… This was in chicago also so it couldn’t have been that late of a game. Pretty confusing.

    Anyways, not trying to get into some dumbass Jordan or Kobe debate, but it seems like you’re trying to discredit kobe’s 81…. if jordan wanted to he could have done it?… Jordan did whatever the hell he wanted when he was in the L, the fact he never got 80 leads me to believe it was hard as hell, no matter who the opponent was.

    … and if kobe wanted to get 90, he could have. Let’s not forget that Mavericks game where he had 63 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Even outscored the whole Mavs team himself. So yeah, if we wanna throw out stats from Kobe’s worst games, I could just as easily throw out stats from his best games. and the same for Jordan

  • QQ is an idiot

    oh yeah… Jordan’s 59 against the pistons in 89….

    he didnt take 20 more shots because he probably couldnt. It was hard as hell to get up shots against the Pistons back in the day. The fact that they fouled the shit out of you accounts for the reason he only took 27 shots. If he tried to get 60, he woulda got knocked out by someone on that team.

  • danocasa

    @ QQ
    No im saying that threes are worth more than twos. Whats more impressive in basketball terms? Donyell Marshall hitting 12-19 threes (for a total of 36 points) by standing in the corner and spotting up? Or George Gervin going 18-19 (for a total of 36 points) before there was a three point line? In comparing the jordan and kobe games, its widely recognized that if jordan was in his prime playing now he would average chamberlain like figures (ask joe dumars, who said numerous times that defending jordan today would be near impossible). Not to mention the free throw disparity i mentioned above. Nine more points for kobe, for free? If jordan has the same amount of shots (46 FGA, 10 3A, 20 FTA) how many points would he have had? I wasnt even talking shit (or to you), and you had to go and get all bitchy. Funny thing is, i was talking to LakeShow, and he didnt get mad at me like you did. Im sure he appreciates your concern though.

  • danocasa

    Dont forget mj was going against a young shaq on a good magic squad. Kobe dropped his 81 against the raptors.

  • Matt

    @Walter: terrific stuff.

    I don’t know everyone is trying to dissect Kobe’s 81 vs. this Jordan game. Why should we take away Kobe’s threes? Jordan hit 6 three-pointers in the first half of a 1992 finals game vs. Portland the year before this game, so why couldn’t Jordan simply take and make a truckload of threes here?

    And seriously… Kobe went 7-10 long range, that’s incredible.

    Even if you take away half of Kobe’s free throws (so he and Jordan both have 9) and 6 of his threes (so he and MJ have 1) then he would still score 66 points (more than 64) on a similar number of FG attempts (it’d probably be more than 46 due to the lack of fouling).

    But most of all… who cares??

  • Matt

    I don’t know *why* everyone is …..

  • LakeShow84

    Lol look what i started :)

    I was just sayin..

  • QQ is an idiot

    yeah walter pretty much broke it down. really no argument anymore.

    @danocasa – makes sense now… but i still think you’re wrong. jordan was not as good a 3 point shooter as kobe. and to say that if he was in the prime of his career now, he would put up wilt numbers is just making shit up because i dont agree with that. None of Jordan’s games were better than Kobe’s 81. Thats my opinion. I stick to it. Regardless of whether Kobe was playing the Raptors or whoever, Jordan never put up those numbers and he very well had the green light to do so. 81 points is just ridiculous.

  • danocasa

    Making shit up? It’s a fact that perimeter players today have it a hundred times easier than back in the 80s and 90s. No hand checking, no cutter-bumping, no hard fouls (lest you want to be fined and ejected). Clyde Drexeler, Joe Dumars, Dennis Johnson, all of them say that Jordan would be impossible to guard with the rules in place for periemter players in today’s game. You are right 81 points is a ridiculous amount of points. But sometimes arguments need to be put in context for them to make sense. Bill Russell averaging over 20 boards a game? He was the only seven foot, hyper-athletic player in the league at the time. Chamberlain’s 100 point game? His teammates started fouling the other team so they could get the ball back! Big O’s triple double average? He was 6’5″, 220, with point guard speed and power forward strength playing against six foot white dudes (basically a sixth grader playing against third graders) in a league that had just over-expanded so the teams were diluted.
    So you are right, kobe’s 81 was ridiculous, but you cant just say “kobe scored 81, jordan never did that” and think you have a legit argument with that sentence.

  • QQ is an idiot

    ^you bring up some valid points, but at the same time; just as you say that jordan could have put up 81 points in this time is the same argument I could use for Kobe putting up bigger numbers in Jordan’s time. Although the league has made it easier for perimeter players nowadays (you’re right about that), you’ve also forgotten that players have gotten bigger, faster, and stronger in this generation also. There weren’t any physical specimens like Dwight Howard or Lebron James back in the day. You had guys like Jeff Hornacek guarding Jordan (although Jordan did face some good defensive teams like the Pistons). All I’m saying is that Kobe has had to be guarded by some more athletic players than Jordan did, so your argument saying that Jordan could put up bigger numbers now is not really a given…. I can only imagine what Kobe might have done to Craig Ehlo… heck even Byron Russell, he would be a scrub in the NBA now.