Mikal Bridges Adamantly States LeBron James Would’ve Dropped 90 on ’86 Celtics

Jonathan Sherman
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One of the best moments of the series premiere of “The Last Dance” on Sunday came when the show looked back at Michael Jordan’s iconic 63-point game against the 1986 Boston Celtics.

However, Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges didn’t seem all that impressed.

He took to Twitter shortly after the premiere aired to express his belief that Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James would have dropped 90 points on that same Celtics team.

Clearly, Bridges firmly believes that James is a better player than Jordan.

Bridges’ support for James is surely appreciated, but it should probably be mentioned that Jordan is certainly the more prolific playoff scorer between the two NBA legends.

In his career, Jordan scored 50 points or more in eight total playoff games. James has only done it once.

His career-high scoring night in a playoff game came in the 2018 NBA Finals.

While James and the Cleveland Cavaliers lost that game to the supercharged Golden State Warriors, many consider his 51-point performance to be one of the best in NBA playoff history.

In the end, James and Jordan have never been all that similar when it comes to their playing style. Jordan always led with his scoring, while James has often sought to be a facilitator as much as a scoring weapon.

Still, if James absolutely had to go out and score 90 in a hypothetical game against the Larry Bird-led Celtics, chances are good he would get pretty close.

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