Recapping The Career Of Michael Jordan & His Last Game vs. The Philadelphia 76ers

Recapping The Career Of Michael Jordan & His Last Game vs. The Philadelphia 76ers

Looking Back On Michael Jordan’s Final NBA Game, 20 Years Later

It’s hard to believe, but we’re nearing the 20-year anniversary of the final game in Michael Jordan’s illustrious and legendary NBA career.

The most decorated basketball player of all time played his final NBA game with the Washington Wizards on Apr. 16, 2003 against the Philadelphia 76ers at the First Union Center. Jordan tallied 15 points, four rebounds and as many assists in a 107-87 road loss to Allen Iverson’s 76ers.

Those 76ers finished the 2002-03 campaign with a 48-34 record. They defeated the New Orleans Hornets in the opening round of the postseason but were ousted by the Detroit Pistons in six games in the conference semifinals.

This year’s 76ers, led by the All-Star duo of Joel Embiid and James Harden, are in the running for a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers are one of the most popular teams to place on the Pennsylvania sports betting sites.

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MJ’s Run With Chicago Bulls: Two Three-Peats With Brief Retirement In Between

After flourishing at North Carolina, Jordan was drafted third overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1984 — two picks after fellow future Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon went first overall to the Houston Rockets.

Jordan turned the Bulls into one of the NBA’s premier teams, but they had no answer for the rival Detroit Pistons and their stingy defense. The Pistons eliminated MJ’s Bulls from the postseason three years in a row from 1988 to ‘90.

But Chicago finally broke through with their first NBA Championship in 1991, defeating Magic Johnson’s dynastic Los Angeles Lakers. The Bulls went on to win two more titles in ‘92 and ‘93, before Jordan announced his retirement.

Jordan retired from basketball for a variety of reasons. Among them: He wanted to pursue a career in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox. But late in the 1994-95 season, the three-time league MVP announced in a very brief press conference that he was coming back to the Bulls.

In 17 games, Jordan looked like the game-changing superstar who hadn’t missed a beat. He averaged 26.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game and helped Chicago get back into the postseason.

After eliminating the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls were ousted by Shaquille O’Neal and the Orlando Magic in round two. That would be the final postseason elimination of MJ’s storied career, though.

Jordan won his fourth NBA MVP award and helped the Bulls to their fourth NBA title by defeating the Seattle SuperSonics in six games. One year later, Jordan and the Bulls ousted MVP Karl Malone and his Utah Jazz in six games to claim their fifth championship of the decade.

In his final season with the Bulls, Jordan captured his fifth and final league MVP award. And of course, he topped off the 1997-98 season by leading Chicago to a second three-peat by eliminating Utah. In the decisive sixth game, Jordan made the game-winning shot with five seconds remaining.

Jordan announced his second retirement ahead of the 1998-99 season as the Bulls began a drastic rebuilding period.

Jordan’s Final Year In Washington

After three years away from the game, Jordandecided to suit up again — this time as a member of the Wizards.

In 2000, Jordan joined the Wizards’ organization as a minority owner and the new vice president of basketball operations. After three years away, MJ opted to return as a player in the 2001-02 season as a member of the Wizards.

Proving age was just a number, Jordan averaged 22.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in his first season back with Washington.

In his final NBA season, MJ averaged 20 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

In a classy gesture, the 76ers helped Jordan make two free throws at the very end so he could officially finish with a season average of 20 PPG. The crowd in Philadelphia gave Jordan a roaring ovation in the final moments of his legendary playing career.

 

John Reeves

John is a technology enthusiast from Chicago, TX. A computer engineer by degree, He’s always been keen to help when someone finds technology challenging. He kick-started his career in tech journalism in 2016, after working for a few years in an IT Company. He is working as a Technology Editor at Key Management Insights for over 3 years now. He enjoys guiding people, assisting them with problems, and writing great content. He cherishes his time with his family. He's most likely doing it right now.

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