On This Day In History (3.19.92): Michael Jordan scored 51 vs the Bullets
On This Day In History, March 19th of 1992, Michael Jordan scored 51 points against the Washington Bullets. The 51 set an arena record by a visiting player. His 35 second half points was also a record.
“He was unconscious, unbelievable, he was just Michael,” said AJ English. “When he starts hitting his jumper, you know you’re in for a long night. And then he gets some calls from the officials [Jordan made 12 of 15 free throws] because he’s a superstar.”
Jordan never struggled against the Bullets but he rarely had “big games” against them before this night.
“With Jeff, he kept me busy on the offensive end,” Jordan said. “I don’t want to fault Wingate, but he’s not as offensive-minded, and I can relax a little on defense. A.J. tried to play me very physically, almost tackling me. But I was in a groove tonight, and sooner or later, you know I’m going to bust out.”