Michael Jordan's four greatest ever games

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We don't need to convey to you how good of a basketball player Michael Jordan was.

Someone with no T.V and no earthly idea about basketball could still probably tell you he was one of, if not the greatest to ever play the game.

His Airness had a few milestone moments on his way to being branded the G.O.A.T, and we've taken a look at his four greatest ever performances.

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51 points at the age of 38

Before Kobe Bryant went and dropped 60 points on the Utah Jazz on his final ever NBA game, MJ held the record as the oldest player to score 50 or more points.

He did it after scoring scoring an, at the time, career-low six points against Indiana the game previous. However, he led the Wizards to a 107-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets - whom, ironically, he now owns - with 51 points off of 55.3 percent shooting from the field.

Jordan may have been winding down, but he went on to score 45 points in his next outing as well to prove it was far from a one off. Jordan was the real deal, even in the very winter of his career.

35 first-half points

The 1992 NBA Finals provided the opportunity for a 28-year-old Jordan to win his second NBA ring and secure back-to-back championships for Chicago.

Off the back of his third MVP season, MJ went on a tear in game one of the NBA Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The shooting guard - who was hardly renowned for his three-point shooting - would make six three pointers en route to recording 35 first-half points and broke two records during the game. Two!

Ray Allen would later better the three-point triumph, but the first-half outpour is still a record to this day. Jordan ended up with 39 points, three rebounds, 11 assists and two steals, while shooting 59.3 percent from the field in just 34 minutes. Not bad, huh?

69 points

This was MJ's career-high points talley and it stands as the eleventh highest single-scoring game in NBA history.

He dropped 69 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers in an 117-113 overtime win back in 1990 and stuffed the sheet with 18 rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block to boot.

The legendary No. 23 did all of this off an ultra-efficient 62.2 percent shooting from the field and showed just what a solo influence the man at the two spot could be.

Of course, Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game back in 1962 holds the record, but the Space Jam star made a habit of these feats, scoring over 50 points 31 times during his career in the regular season.

The definition of 'clutch'

We've all seen great players do great things, but it's those who do it that matters most that truly enjoy immortality.

Jordan is one of those men. In the 1998 NBA Finals, Jordan, now 35, was seeking to bring the Bulls their second three-peat inside of eight years, and the first since his comeback via a baseball-inspired sabbatical.

The Utah Jazz were hungry competitors who could boast John Stockton and Karl Malone in their ranks. The Bulls led the series 3-2, but game six, and if it went that far, game seven, would be played in Utah, so many believed they had the advantage.

But Jordan defied that logic. MJ recorded 45 points to lead the Bulls to their sixth championship in six Finals apperances, but how he did it is more legendary.

Stockton hit a shot from the three-point line to break the last minute tie and give the Jazz a three-point lead with just 41.9 seconds remaining.

Jordan attacked the basket on the next play and scored within four seconds to cut the lead to one. Then, he stole the ball away from Malone’s hands and scored with just 5.2 seconds left to give the Bulls a one-point lead. The Jazz missed their last shot and the Bulls won the game and the championship.

When the Bulls were trailing by three with less than a minute to go, Jordan made three crucial plays to lead his team to victory. Working miracles on the biggest stage is the very definition of clutch.

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