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Celebrating Michael Jordan’s ‘Flu Game’

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Today, June 11th, 1997 we celebrate the anniversary of Michael Jordan’s Flu Game. While experiencing flu-like symptoms, MJ wound up scoring 38 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block during Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

He was drained but determined. Battered but not beaten. The battle in Salt Lake City on June 11, 1997 will forever live on as one of Michael Jordan’s greatest games.

Wearing the legendary Air Jordan 12, MJ willed his way through every step, every play and every basket to eventually take down his Utah nemesis. The struggle was evident in every move, but MJ never let it stop him, scoring 38 points with seven rebounds and five assists for a crucial 98-96 victory in Game 5.

While not the first time he laced up the Air Jordan 12 in black and red, the game quickly became the defining moment for MJ in the Tinker Hatfield design. The iconic performance was officially celebrated with the 2009 release of the Air Jordan 12 in a celebratory design.

Nearly two decades later, the moment is as vivid as ever and honored with the recent return of the Air Jordan 12 in its truest form.

Below you can check out video clips starring JB Smoove as well as Scottie Pippen reliving the Flu Game with some conspiracy theories.

Michael Jordan Flu Game Air Jordan 12

Michael Jordan Flu Game Air Jordan 12

Michael Jordan Flu Game Air Jordan 12

Brian Betschart
Founder and Editor of SF, Brian is considered an expert when it comes to sneakers. Collecting since he was in elementary school, his collection has grown to over 500 pairs and counting. Brian has published articles since 2004, and in 2006, he decided to create Sneaker Files.

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