On this date in 1986, Bulls guard Michael Jordan scored an NBA Playoff record 63 points, but the Bulls dropped a 135-131 double-overtime decision to the Celtics at Boston Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round. Jordan shot 22-of-41 from the field and 19-of-21 from the free throw line in his record performance, breaking Elgin Baylor’s previous mark of 61 points in a playoff game, set during the Lakers’ 126-121 road win at Boston in Game 5 of the 1962 NBA Finals. After the game, Boston’s Larry Bird shook his head and proclaimed “That was God disguised as Michael Jordan.”
Got a great basketball blog post that you want to see featured on Hoops Links? Send it to me at HoopsLinks@gmail.com. Here’s this week’s look around the basketball blogosphere..
- Yahoo Sports says the Knicks’ future isn’t so bad after all.
- The B-Ball Drop doesn’t see any upset potential for the Hawks in round one.
- Sean Mason’s Sports Blog sees the Wizards knocking off the Bulls.
- Bucksketball remembers the Bucks’ season the only way they know how: with Haikus.
- Mavs Moneyball previews the Mavs’ series against San Antonio.
- Liberty Ballers issued an open letter to Sixers GM Sam Hinkie.
- Sonics Rising has a plan to improve the NBA postseason.
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