CHICAGO (AP) _ Some of Michael Jordan’s most memorable big-game performances.
_ The skinny freshman’s 1982 corner jumper that beat Georgetown in the NCAA Finals and gave North Carolina’s Dean Smith his first national title.
_ The still NBA playoff-record 63-point performance against Larry Bird and the Celtics in 1986 after missing all but 18 games of the regular season with a foot injury. ``God came to the game tonight and played under the name of Michael Jordan,″ Bird said. The Bulls lost the game 135-131.
_ The Shot. With the Bulls down one point in the deciding fifth game, he went high over Cleveland’s Craig Ehlo to hit a jumper that clinched the opening-round series against the Cavaliers in 1989.
_ The highlight-film drive against the Lakers in the 1991 Finals, changing hands in mid-air for an acrobatic, left-handed bank shot on the other side of the basket.
_ The shrug after raining down 3-pointers against Portland in the opener of the 1992 Finals as the Bulls went on their second title. He hit a playoff-record six 3s in one half against the Blazers.
_ The Shot II over Gerald Wilkens, beating Cleveland again in the Eastern Conference semifinals, 1993.
_ The winning jumper over Steve Smith against Atlanta in just his fourth game out of retirement in 1995.
_ The game-winning jumper over Bryon Russell in the opener of ther 1997 NBA Finals against Utah.
_ His game-winning 3-pointer and 38-point effort against the Jazz in Game 5 _ 15 in the final period _ when he was so sick and dehydrated he was doubled over at times as he walked off the floor.
_ His steal and game-winning jumper to beat the Jazz in the closing seconds of Game 6, giving the Bulls their sixth title of the decade last June.