(1996) Michael Jordan’s 53-Point Statement Game Vs Grant “Next MJ” Hill
On this date in history, March 7th of 1996, Michael Jordan and the 72-10 Bulls hosted the Detroit Pistons at the United Center.
The Bulls & Pistons rivalry was as dead as The Jordan Rules controversy and the Pistons had their hard fouling “Bad Boys” replaced by wholesome guys like Allan Houston and Grant Hill, who was also the leading vote getter in that year’s All-Star game. Jordan, being the master at finding motivation, used Grant Hill’s popularity and media headlines comparing the Duke product to him as enough motivation to make this into a statement game.
The result was a 21-point win by the Bulls, behind 53 points, 10 rebounds and 6 steals in just 38 minutes by Jordan. As for The Next Jordan, Hill only made 5-of-16 shots and ended the night with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
BONUS VIDEO: GRANT HILL CROSSES JORDAN IN 98