Throwback Thursday: Michael Jordan's "Perseverance"

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Three games into the 1985-86 season, Jordan went down with a broken bone in his left foot and was sidelined for 64 games before returning in mid-March. Without Jordan for most of the campaign, the Bulls won only 30 games but still managed to snag a playoff berth. In 18 regular-season games, Jordan averaged 22.7 points, 2.9 assists, and 3.6 rebounds, all career-lows. He was voted to the All-Star squad but was unable to play because of the injury.

With a spectacular three-game outburst in the Bulls' opening-round playoff loss to Boston, Jordan showed that he had completely recovered. In Game 2 he scored a playoff-record 63 points in Chicago's double-overtime 135-131 loss to the Celtics. He averaged an astonishing 43.7 points in the three-game series.

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