On February 1st of 2003, Michael Jordan, with the Washington Wizards, scored 45 points against the New Orleans Hornets. Since MJ scored 40+ points 211 times in his career, it doesn’t sound like that big of a deal…until you mention he was just 16 days away from turning 40-years old!
With injuries to Stackhouse and Larry Hughes, MJ had to step up for the struggling Wizards and he did. MJ connected on 18 of 33 shots from the field and 9 of 10 from the line, while playing a season-high 44 minutes. He also dished out 6 assists in the Wizards 5-point win over the Baron Davis-less Hornets, who did get a season-high 39 from Jamal Mashburn.
On November 13th of 1984, Jordan officially became a man in the NBA, when he had his first 40-point game with a 45-point 10-rebound monster performance vs George Gervin and the Spurs. Jordan would only eclipse the 40-point mark 3 more times during his rookie season but did it 207 more times throughout his career.
Jordan’s actual stats for 40+ games are 172 times between 40-49, 34 times between 50-59 and 5 times over 60. 38 of those 211 also came during the playoffs.
Since we are on crazy stats in the playoffs, the number of times MJ scored less than 20 in a playoff game is…only 6! Less than 10? 0 times!