Box Score Bank: MJ's 63

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Box Score Bank: MJ's 63

The Red Sox celebrated a big anniversary over at Fenway today, but no one's said a word about April 20's other historic sporting event.

That's why I'm here.

So let's set the Box Score Bank for 26 years ago today: April 20, 1986

Ronald Reagan was rocking the presidency. Chernobyl was six days from disaster. Kiss, by Prince and the Revolution was the No. 1 song in America. Down and Out in Beverly Hills was the No. 1 movie. Rajon Rondo was seven weeks old

And over at the Garden, Michael Jordan was doing this.

Final Score: Celtics 135, Bulls 131 (2 OT)

Obviously, the big story here was MJ, and his 63 points on 22 of 41 shooting. (It's one of only seven times in Jordan's entire career he attempted more than 40 shots in a game; Kobe's done this eight times). Jordan also had six assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks. He was 19-21 from the foul line.

But he was also one of only three Bulls in double figures (Orlando Woolridge and The Oak Man), and eventually succumbed to a more balanced and just plain better Celtics squad.

Boston was led by Larry Bird with 36 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Kevin McHale with 27 points, 15 boards and six blocks and Danny Ainge who dropped in 24 points in 47 minutes.

And how about Bill Walton's line? Big Red picked up 10 points, 15 rebounds and perhaps most impressive six fouls in only 25 minutes. The Celtics needed it too, as Robert Parish struggled, scoring only 13 points on 4-11 shooting.

But cut Chief some slack, it was 420.

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