The Boston Celtics' NBA playoff series with Chicago has turned into The Michael Jordan Show. Unfortunately for the Bulls, it could be headed for a very short run.
Jordan set a single-game NBA playoff record with 63 points, but Boston's outside shooting in the second overtime lifted the Celtics to a 135-131 victory over Chicago today.
Boston now has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
"I'm not worried about the points," Jordan said. "I'd give all the points back if we could win."
"He is the most exciting, most awesome player in the game," said Boston's Larry Bird. "I didn't think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done against us the past two games."
"They can have the records as long as we get the wins," said Jerry Sichting, who had two of Boston's five baskets in the second overtime -- including the one that put Boston ahead to stay with 51 seconds to play -- and assisted on another.
The Bulls' last chance could come Tuesday night, when Boston can clinch the series in Chicago.
Jordan, who had 49 points in Thursday night's opening loss, broke the record of 61 points set by Elgin Baylor of the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston on April 14, 1962.
"Jordan just puts his foot out and if you don't move, he's gone by you," Celtics Coach K.C. Jones said. "He's a tornado."
Jordan, who missed 64 regular season games with a broken bone in his left foot, sent the game into overtime by hitting two free throws with no time remaining in regulation to tie the score at 116.
With three seconds left in the first overtime, his 15-foot shot from the left went too far, leaving the score tied at 125 going into the second extra period.
With Chicago trailing by 133-131, Jordan had a chance to tie the game, but he missed a jumper from the foul line with 30 seconds to play.
Sichting, who finished with eight points, made the decisive shots in the second overtime.
Boston had built the 133-131 lead on four long baskets. Bird, who led Boston with 36 points, hit one from the foul line with 3:56 to go, but Orlando Woolridge's bank shot for Chicago tied the game at 127.
Then Sichting sank a basket from the top of the key with 3:07 remaining. Danny Ainge hit from the left corner on a pass from Sichting with 2:01 left, making the score 131-127 before Jordan made a 15-footer from the right and an eight-footer as he drove into the lane to tie the game with 1:12 to play.
But Sichting hit again from the top of the key with 51 seconds remaining to give Boston the lead for good.
After Jordan's miss, Robert Parish made a short jumper with nine seconds left, giving Boston a four-point lead. Woolridge missed a three-point attempt with four seconds to play.
McHale had 27 points and Ainge 24 for Boston, which tied an NBA record of 33 consecutive home victories in a single season, including the playoffs. It was set by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949-50.
In 53 minutes, Jordan made 22 of 41 field goal attempts and 19 of 21 free throws. He also had six assists and five rebounds.
He scored 17 points in the first period, six in the second, 13 in the third and 18 in the fourth for a total of 54 in regulation play. He had five in the first overtime and four in the second.
Woolridge, with 24 points, and Charles Oakley with 10 were the only other Bulls to score in double figures.