On March 28, 1995, Michael Jordan played just his fifth game since coming back from retirement and he made quite the statement at the Garden.
Ten days after announcing his return with the famous "I'm back" fax, Jordan shoook off the rust with an emphatic performance, lighting up the New York Knicks for 55 points on 21-of-37 from the field, 3-of-4 from three, and 10-of-11 at the free-throw line.
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It was the most points a player had scored in a single game that season and the Bulls needed every one of them as they edged the Knicks in a tight one, 113-111.
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Rocking the #45 since his #23 jersey was retired by the Bulls, Jordan raced out of the gates, hitting six of his first seven shots, scoring 20 points in the opening quarter on 9-of-11 shooting. He added 15 in the second quarter and 14 in the third to give him 49 points heading into the final frame.
He scored his 55th point with 25.8 seconds to go in the fourth, giving the Bulls a 111-109 lead, before John Starks tied things up at the free-throw line.
With all eyes on Jordan down the stretch, he hit Starks with a spin move before Patrick Ewing arrived with the double-team, only to fire a bullet pass to big man Bill Wennington, who dunked it home with 3.1 seconds to go, sealing the narrow win.
Jordan went on to play in the final 17 games of the regular season, averaging 26.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists, with the Bulls going 13-4 in that stretch.
They would advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, before losing to the Orlando Magic in six games.
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