In 1992, Sarunas Marciulionis was a four-time Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year, Mr. Europa, member of the FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players of All-Time and one of the first Europeans to stand out in the NBA. The Hall of Famer was also runner-up for the NBA 6th Man of the Year in 1992, averaging 19 points off the bench for the Golden State Warriors after the team broke up RUN TMC by trading Mitch Richmond for Billy Owens (Don Nelson called it the worst trade he ever made).
In 1992, the Dream Team was on a mission to absolutely destroy every team they faced in the 92 Olympics. To keep himself hyped up for each blowout, Michael Jordan found personal challenges and games to play within every game. His challenge on this day was to shut down the Lithuanian legend.
From LamarMatic‘s YouTube description
Michael Jordan, coming off eighteen holes of golf, volunteered for the challenge of guarding Sarunas Marciulionis (#13) in the semi-finals of the 1992 Olympics by telling Chuck Daly not to worry about it. Now years later everybody remembers the game for how Michael didn’t even let Marciulionis get the damn ball. Pay attention to the off-ball defensive pressure MJ puts on Sarunas.
Michael scored 21 points, had 6 steals, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Meanwhile, Sarunas’s line of 20 points, 8 assists, 4 steals and 7 turnovers doesn’t look that bad. However, only 5 of those points came when Michael was guarding him (that’s approximately for 20 minutes). He absolutely feasted on Clyde Drexler to the point that Michael chewed Drexler out for letting him score on one particular occasion.
And here’s some highlights of Marciulionis putting up 27 points against Michael Jordan (44 PTS) and the Bulls in 1990.
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