Best single-game performances: 8
8. Michael Jordan, Bulls: 1991 Finals, Game 2
Game Score: 40.1 Result: Bulls 107, Lakers 86 Series: Bulls win in 5
This game is less memorable for the overall performance than it is for a single moment: Jordan flying down the lane with the ball extended in his right hand, then switching hands in midair, twisting around Sam Perkins and laying it in with the left. It's been one of the go-to Jordan highlights ever since (not to mention one of the go-to Marv Albert highlights), but Jordan's entire Game 2 body of work was incredible.
He made 13 straight shots in the second half, and although Chicago eventually won the series easily, the stakes were pretty high at the time: The Bulls had lost Game 1 at home and were in danger of trailing 2-0 heading to L.A.
Jordan wouldn't allow it, getting Chicago back on track by making 15 of 18 from the field, scoring 33 points with seven rebounds and 13 assists in the Bulls' 107-86 win. Amazingly, Jordan had only two points in the first 20 minutes before erupting to spur the Chicago rout.
It was the fifth-highest Game Score in post-merger Finals history. Even better, he did in just 36 minutes because he wasn't needed in garbage time. On a per-minute basis, only one other game -- Jordan's Game 1 against Portland in 1992 -- ranked higher.
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