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Anthem
05-05-2004, 01:02 AM
10 years ago today, Charles Barkley scored 56 points in a playoff win. It's the third most points ever scored in a playoff game.

Makes the Nets game that much more.... amazing. But in a different way.

ChicagoJ
05-05-2004, 09:58 AM
I'm surprised 56 points in a game is third-highest.

What are the top two individual scoring performances in playoff games? I thought Wilt had some eye-popping performances in playoff games, too?

Snickers
05-05-2004, 10:32 AM
Points Scored FGM FTM PTS
Michael Jordan, CHI at BOS 22 19 63 20Apr86
Elgin Baylor, LAL at BOS 22 17 61 14Apr62
Wilt Chamberlain, PHW vs SYR at PHW 22 12 56 22Mar62
Michael Jordan, CHI at MIA 20 16 56 29Apr92
Charles Barkley, PHO at GSW 23 7 56 4May94

Bah, what are the table tags? :confused:

Slick Pinkham
05-05-2004, 11:02 AM
That was a freakin' amazing game by Jordan.

He was only in his second year and had been injured all season, and that was THE BEST Larry Bird Celtics team.

http://www.nba.com/history/jordan63_moments.html

NBA's Greatest Moments
"God Disguised as Michael Jordan"

On April 20, 1986, inside Boston Garden, Michael Jordan put on an unforgettable show.

Jordan was able to play in only 18 regular-season games in his second year in the NBA, after breaking a small bone in his foot in Chicago's third game of the year. Although he was encouraged to sit out the end of the season in order to make sure he was fully healed for the next, he insisted on coming back late in the season and led the Bulls to the 1986 NBA Playoffs.

It was in Game 2 of Chicago's first round matchup against the eventual NBA champion Boston Celtics that Jordan showed just how thoroughly he had recovered. In the hallowed halls of the Boston Garden, he set a playoff record by scoring an amazing 63 points against what many considered to be one of the greatest NBA teams ever. The Celtics won the game, 135-131 in double-overtime, and went on to sweep the Bulls, but Jordan's playoff record still stands.

"Michael was doing so much and so well, I found myself just wanting to stop and watch him -- and I was playing," said teammate John Paxson.

"I didn't think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us," marveled Celtics ace Larry Bird. "He is the most exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it's just God disguised as Michael Jordan."

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Larry is usally low-key in his praise, so that quote struck me. Of course the Celtics won anyway!