The 1993 Bulls 'coasted' during the regular season just enough to secure home court. And after that, it was all business. MJ said he wanted to just skip the regular season altogether just to get to this first playoff game. Meeting Dominique's Hawks here, MJ again raised his adrenaline for the real season; notching 18 first quarter points and 35 overall on 58% shooting through just a bit over 3 quarters of play for the secure victory. Along the way, he dropped speedy pop-and-stops, a forward fading 3 and a handful of smartly-screened jumpers as if they were on yo-yo strings. Oh yeah, and he showed off his oven-mitt-sized hands a few times for the memory book. As Stephon Marbury once said after playing against MJ, "How can one person have so much game?"
(A thank you goes out to J. Crawford for donating this game for upload.)