Chicago Bulls

This Date in NBA History (March 28): Michael Jordan drops career-high 69 points in win over Cleveland Cavaliers

On March 28, 1990, the Chicago Bulls (45-23) visited the Coliseum at Richfield to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (32-36).

The Bulls were surging towards the NBA playoffs, though they did need an overtime period and a vintage performance from Michael Jordan to pull out the 117-113 win.

Jordan was simply dominant, pouring in a career-high 69 points to go along with 18 rebounds, six assists, four steals and a block.

Jordan was 23-for-37 from the field, 2-for-6 from beyond the 3-point line and a staggering 21-for-23 from the free-throw line in a masterful performance. Horace Grant was the only Chicago player to score in double-digits with 16 points, while Mark Price led Cleveland with 31 points and eight assists.

Jordan would play 50 minutes on the night, denying that fatigue came into play late in the game.

"I didn't think about being tired because I wanted to win the game," Jordan said.

"I've been in that situation where I've scored a lot of points and we lost, and I didn't want that to happen.

"So I kept pushing myself, kept talking to myself, saying, 'Don't stop, don't stop. Keep going.' You feel better about the effort when you win."

Other notable moments from March 28

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the 15th man in NBA history to play in 1,000 regular season games, as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the host Kansas City Kings 109-96.
  • LeBron James scored in double-figures for the 866th straight game, tying Michael Jordan for the longest such streak in NBA history.
  • Charlotte's Kemba Walker passed Dell Curry as the franchise's all-time leading scorer. Walker surpassed Curry with the layup to give him 9,841 points.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores a team-record 56 points in a 126-114 Minnesota win against the Atlanta Hawks. He finished 19 of 32 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free throw line.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the 15th man in NBA history to play in 1,000 regular season games.

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