Michael Jordan “The Con Man” Revenge on Jeff Van Gundy



Michael Jordan “The Con Man” Revenge on Jeff Van Gundy


In case you haven’t heard that story before. A few days before this game, Jeff Van Gundy said in a radio interview that Jordan sometimes tries to “con” his opponents by befriending them off the court only to torch them on it. Well, Jordan saw Van Gundy’s words on Chicago newspapers and was more than ready to take revenge.

Here are some interesting facts about the game:

* Knicks were the #1 defensive team in the NBA in 1996-97, measured by points allowed per 100 possessions. Jordan had another 50 point game this season which was against Miami Heat. Not surprisingly, Miami was the #2 defensive team that year.

* In addition to scoring 58% of the Bulls’ points, Jordan also guarded Allan Houston the entire game, totally frustrating him in the process. Houston missed 12 of their first 13 shots. (Finished 5-18).

* Bulls scored 14 points in the 4th quarter. Jordan scored 12 of them and assisted the other two, a dunk by Caffey.

* Jordan shot 18-for-30 (60%) from the floor. The rest of the team was 16-for-46 (35%).

* Jordan went 5-for-8 from 3-point range. The other Bulls were 3-for-17 from beyond the arc.


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