It’s widely known that Michael Jordan had his way with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 80s and 90s and quite frankly for his entire Chicago Bulls career. No matter who the Cavs brought in, the result hardly ever changed – it was always a barrage from number 23 and some poor soul (often Craig Ehlo early on) had to guard “His Airness” and simply hope for the best.
Opening night of the 1989/90 season was no different, as Jordan faced the Cavaliers in Chicago and put on an absolute clinic. He finished the game with the following line:
- 54 points
- 14 rebounds
- 6 assists
- 3 rebounds
- 1 steal
- 19/31 from the field
- 15/17 from the line
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(1989) MJ with 54/14/6/3/1 on opening night. That would’ve been 91.8 FanDuel fantasy points. ?
— Timeless Sports (@timelesssports_) October 20, 2017
Jordan did it all in this game, scoring from inside and out while also finding his teammates for easy scores in a win for the Bulls over Cleveland to kick off the 1989/90 campaign. The Bulls played the Cavs another three times that season, winning each contest. Jordan scored 38 and 41 respectively in the next two contests before famously dropping 69 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and four steals on Cleveland at the Richfield Colosseum in late March, 1990.