5. LeBron drops 52, near triple-double in 2009:
This happened just two days after Kobe Bryant torched the Knicks for 61, which would tell you how bad that Knicks team was, but LeBron’s performance was one for the ages. James scored 52 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out 11 assists in Cleveland’s 107-102 victory. He shot 17-for-33 from the floor and 16-for-19 from the line and at the time there was talk that he would be wearing a Knicks uniform the following season. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but it doesn’t take away from what was a special night.
4. Kobe scores 61 in 2009:
The Black Mamba scored 61 points, shooting 19-for-31 from the field and 20-for-20 from the line in a 126-117 Lakers win. It wouldn’t be a list of great performances without finding Kobe’s name somewhere on it as he is a player who truly understands what playing in Madison Square Garden really means.
3. Elgin Baylor nets 71 in 1960:
Baylor played in a shot-happy era that led to a lot of high point totals, but regardless, 71 is 71. He made 28-of-48 shots and grabbed 25 rebounds as Baylor led the Lakers to a 123-108 win. Even more impressive is his 71 at the time set the NBA record for points in a game.
2. Wilt Chamberlin drops 73 in 1961:
Baylor’s record didn’t last long as Chamberlain came in the next season and made 29-of-43 shots in leading the Warriors to a 127-111 victory. Chamberlain scored over 50 points six times at The Garden and I think his Garden record of 73 points is going to stand for a lot more time to come.
1. Michael Jordan’s Double Nickel:
In his fifth game back, MJ shot 21-for-37 from the field and 10-for-11 from the line and in addition to dropping 55, he made the game winning pass to Bill Wennington. It’s safe to say all the greatest player of all time needed to fuel his comeback was a trip to The Garden and he got things jump started in a big way.
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