On February 3, 1992, the Chicago Bulls lost to the Utah Jazz in triple overtime by a final score of 126-123. Michael Jordan played 56 minutes and shot 13-of-34 from the field. He also got ejected from the contest.
Jordan is arguably the most competitive athlete of all time. He took every loss personally and hated to come up short. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the six-time champion was furious after getting ejected against Utah and losing the game.
Michael Jordan went off in the Bulls’ locker room
In NBA Entertainment’s Michael Jordan: Air Time, Jordan talked about what he did in the Bulls’ locker room after getting ejected versus the Jazz. The 10-time scoring champion lost his temper.
“I was in a rage,” Jordan said. “You should’ve seen me in the locker room. I kicked chairs in. I broke the blackboard.”
Jordan scored 34 points against the Jazz. However, as aforementioned, he shot only 38.2% from the floor and was ejected after bumping into referee Tommie Wood while arguing a foul call with a half-second left to play in the third overtime. His Airness was fined $5,000 and missed the Bulls’ next game against the Phoenix Suns. Without Jordan, Chicago lost to Phoenix, 126-114.
The next time Bulls fans saw Superman play was on February 11 against the New Jersey Nets, and as expected, Jordan went off in his first game back following his suspension.
Michael Jordan dropped 34 points on the Nets
Jordan torched the Nets for 34 points on 13-of-23 shooting from the field. The Bulls snapped their two-game losing streak by defeating New Jersey, 133-113.
Black Jesus must have used his ejection against the Jazz as motivation to destroy the league. After his suspension, he averaged 30.5 points over his final 33 games and won the 1991-92 MVP and scoring title. Jordan finished the season with averages of 30.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.1 assists in 80 games.
The Bulls won 67 games in 1991-92 and were the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. They defeated the Miami Heat in the first round, the New York Knicks in the second round, and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals to advance to their second consecutive NBA Finals.
MJ: I took offense to Clyde Drexler being compared to me
In Episode 5 of ESPN’s The Last Dance docuseries, Jordan said he took offense to Drexler being compared to him. The six-time Finals MVP made it a point to attack the Blazers star and prove he was on another level than all the other superstars in the league.
“Clyde was a threat,” Jordan said. “I’m not saying he wasn’t a threat, but me being compared to him, I took offense to that. Based on the way I was playing at that time, it wasn’t even close. So I attacked him every night.”
Jordan averaged 35.8 points against the Blazers and led the Bulls to a six-game series win for their second straight championship and his second consecutive Finals MVP. Drexler put up 24.8 points per game, but he shot only 40.7% overall.
Jordan and Drexler wound up being teammates on the 1992 Dream Team. They won a gold medal together and are both in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference