On this day in history, 1992, Michael Jordan went off on the post-Magic Johnson Lakers for 54 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks. He had the jumper going and was unstoppable driving to the basket. It seemed like the only person on the floor that was able to stop him from scoring was himself: at the end of the 3rd quarter, MJ got a steal and fumbled the ball out of bounds before taking flight for one of his trademark 1-hand lean dunks. The fumble, which cracked up Magic Johnson and Arsenio Hall, became a regular highlight on NBA bloopers in the early 90s.
Unfortunately, Jordan’s career-high against the Lakers was ruined by losing the game in OT. Jordan took out his frustration over the loss on Barkley and the Suns two nights later by scoring 40 points in 39 minutes and then 49 in 44 minutes against the Warriors.
The Bulls also won their 1st 3-peat this season.