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1 - Times Jordan was held under double digits in 1,109 NBA games. On March 22, 1986, Jordan scored just eight points in a 123-97 loss at Cleveland. Jordan 45
Jordan wore the unfamiliar
No. 45 for 22 games in 1995 AP
2 - Players picked before Jordan in the 1984 draft. Houston selected Akeem Olajuwon and Portland picked Sam Bowie before Jordan was drafted by the Bulls.
5 - Players before Michael Jordan to wear No. 23 for the Bulls. Mike Bratz last wore it in the 1981-82 season.
8 - Times Jordan scored 50 or more points in the playoffs, including a career-high 63 in a double-overtime loss to Boston on April 20, 1986. He scored 50 or more points 29 times in regular-season play.
10 - Scoring titles Jordan won in his 13 NBA seasons. Jordan averaged 31.5 points a game and averaged more than 30 points a game in a season seven times.
13 - Size of his famed Air Jordans.
16 - Points Jordan scored in his first game as a pro in a 109-93 win over Washington on Oct. 26, 1984.
17 - Jordan's career-high in assists, helping to defeat Portland 128-113 on March 24, 1989.
22 - Games Jordan wore his No. 45 jersey in place of his No. 23 jersey. Jordan donned No. 45 for 17 regular-season and five playoff games in 1995. (He also wore No. 12 once, when his jersey was stolen in a trip to Orlando in 1990.)
23 - Consecutive points Jordan scored against Atlanta on March 16, 1987. Jordan finished with 61 points, which was one of four times he topped the 60-point mark.
25 -- Game-winning jumpers Jordan hit in his career, including his final shot over Utah's Bryon Russell with 5.2 seconds left to win Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.
30 -- Triple-doubles in Jordan's career, 27 of which came in the regular season. Jordan also has the only triple-double in All-Star Game history, in 1997.
35 -- First-half points scored in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Portland on June 3, 1992, highlighted by Jordan's famous shrug of his shoulders after one of his six three-pointers.
39 - Career-high, in points, for Jordan at North Carolina, set in a Jan. 29, 1983 win against Georgia Tech.
47 - Times Jordan has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
69 - Jordan's career high in scoring, set in a 117-113 win over Cleveland on March 28, 1990. He hit 23-of-37 from the floor and also set a career high with 18 rebounds.
93 - Times Jordan's name appears on the top-100 single-game scoring performances in Chicago Bulls' history.
131 - Blocked shots he had in 1987-88, the most ever by a guard.
354 - At-bats it took Jordan to hit his first home run during his minor league baseball stint with the Birmingham Barons. He finished with three career homers and a .202 batting average.
411 - Regular-season games since Jordan last fouled out. Jordan wasn't around to see the finish of a 112-109 overtime win at Seattle on Nov. 22, 1991.
793 - Times Jordan led the Bulls in scoring in 930 regular-season games.
2,306 - Steals Jordan had in his career. Jordan, who was named to the NBA's All-Defensive team nine times, ranks third on the all-time steals list.
9,111 - Points Jordan needed to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Using Jordan's career average of 31.5 points a game, it would have taken Jordan, who scored 29,277 career points, approximately three-and-a-half more seasons to reach the record.

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