Happy 20th Anniversary of Michael Jordan's 'Double-Nickel Game'

Shamarie By Shamarie, 28th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3106_-8g/
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In Michael Jordan's fifth game back after an 18-month absence from the NBA, he scored 55 points at Madison Square Garden to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 113-111 win over the New York Knicks.

Michael Jordan Returns in Bulls Over Broadway

Twenty years ago, on March 28, 1995, Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan had one of his most famous games at Madison Square Garden against his greatest rival of the 1990s, the New York Knicks. Dubbed “The Double-Nickel Game”, this special game added to Michael Jordan’s greatness. After an 18-month absence and fifth game back, Michael Jordan’s comeback became the season’s marquee attraction in New York. Although Michael Jordan was not quite the relentless assassin who had retired from the NBA after the 1993 NBA season, he seemed destined to have a great game at the World's Most Famous Arena. There was always something special about Michael Jordan and Madison Square Garden

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No. 45 Playing Like No. 23

The intensity was very high in The Garden. Wearing his new uniform no. 45 and Air Jordan X “Chicago” sneakers, Michael Jordan was ready to show the entire NBA world that he was back even though the expectation was low. From the start, he was unstoppable and had it going. Michael Jordan made the first of his many jump shots and slashed to the basket. He had Knicks guard John Starks at his disposal and made it look effortless. Michael Jordan did not show any sign of rust as New York Knicks fans watched him morphed into his old self that dominated the NBA in the early Nineties wearing jersey no. 23. Michael Jordan continued his onslaught from every angle of the court.

Michael Jordan is Offically Back

In the second half, the Knicks kept the game close with their defense, but Michael Jordan was still hot. Down the stretch, he elevated his game even higher making one tough shot after another. He would erupt for 55 points, breaking his own record of most points scored at Madison Square Garden when he dropped 51.

What stood out in Michael Jordan’s brilliant performance was the decision he made in the Bulls’ last possession. Many spectators including the Knicks expected Michael Jordan to take the last shot to win the game, but instead he set up Bulls center Bill Wennington for a dunk that gave the Chicago Bulls a last-second 113-111 victory. The conclusion was surprising because it is rare that an elite basketball player would look to pass the basketball in that situation. I think it is just an indication how great Michael Jordan was in the NBA.

Michael Jordan’s “Double-Nickel Game” became not only one of the greatest moments in Madison Square Garden history, but also a defining moment. Michael Jordan was officially back and proved that he was the greatest basketball player in NBA history.

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author avatar Utah Jay
28th Mar 2015 (#)

He was the best. Do you think we will ever see another like him Shamarie?

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author avatar Shamarie
28th Mar 2015 (#)

No! Players like him only come once in a lifetime! Kobe is arguably the closet the NBA had to a Michael Jordan!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Mar 2015 (#)

Michael Jordan is awesome! He's the best ever! Blessings to you Shamarie.

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author avatar Shamarie
28th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you, Nancy!!! Yes, he's my favorite basketball player!!!

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author avatar Carol Roach
29th Mar 2015 (#)

my son's ideal growing up was Michael Jordan

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