The Master at it again against the most versatile center perhaps ever. With Akeem (not yet changed to Hakeem here) in the post, MJ took his defensive game to another level. He knew that to beat Akeem, he'd have to raise his defensive intensity and he did just that with 5 blocks and 5 steals in addition to his 44 point offensive brilliance. He blocked Akeem twice and set the tone early on.
Again, MJ mixed it up with his maxed out perimeter game and maxed out driving game. But it was his all around leadership here that stood out. With 9 assists and 30 points in the 2nd half coupled with his always efficient 16-28 shooting, MJ made sure the Bulls got the win with everyone getting a piece of the action. What's incredible again is that not only did MJ make clutch baskets, but his clutch steals and rebounds were always there and often overlooked. Is it just me or is MJ always getting the rebound off the last shot from the opposing team to make sure he seals the game? Unreal.