By Sports Illustrated
February 18, 2015

Michael Jordan turns 52 on Tuesday, which means it’s the perfect time to look back on some of our favorite stories about the greatest of all time.

In 1995, Jordan scored 55 in his first game at Madison Square Garden after his first retirement. It was only Jordan’s fifth game back from his 17-month sabbatical, and he unleashed on offensive fury on the defensive-minded Knicks. Jordan dazzled with his typical jump-shooting brilliance and assisted on the game-winning basket after commanding a double team in the final seconds.

SI‘s Alexander Wolff chronicled the affair, unearthing some classic M.J. anecdotes in the process.

For example, although Jordan had only been back in the league for 11 days by the night of his game in New York, his competitive streak was already in tip-top shape:

And this is so ’90s:

Also, if you think Chicagoans are a little annoying about Jordan now, they were insane about him in 1995:

Head over to the Vault and read all of Wolff’s observations about Jordan and the 55-point game. And you can go behind the scenes with Wolff and see how the story came about here.

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