1988 | Michael Jordan Had 52 points & 9 steals (8 In 1st Half) against The Celtics
1988 Throwback: Michael Jordan has scored 50+ points 38 times in his career, so offensive explosions like this one against Boston doesn’t sound that amazing. But when you score 50, block 2 shots and get 9 steals against the Bird/McHale/Parish Celtics, then it’s something worth revisiting and talking about. As for those 9 steals, I don’t know what’s more shocking: 1 in the 2nd half or a NBA record 8 in the first half.
There’s only been 11 instances of a player scoring 50 and getting 5 steals and 5 of those instances came from Jordan. Iverson has 2 and Kobe, Corey Brewer, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis have the other 4. Even more impressive, is one of those games by MJ was a 56 & 8 and in 1993 he racked up 64 points to go with 5 steals against the Orlando Magic.
And some people actually question if the 9 x All-Defense 1st teamer and 10 x scoring champ deserves to be called the GOAT.