And Jordan couldn’t stop breaking records from there on in. He scored the highest points total ever by a single player in a playoff game against the Boston Celtics. In addition, he was just the second player to score 3,000 points in a single season. And, even more impressively, he became the only player ever to notch up 100 blocked shots and 200 steals in just one season.
In 1991, meanwhile, Jordan played a pivotal part in the Bulls’ NBA Finals win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Indeed, he famously cried when he finally lifted the trophy. And just two years later he achieved yet another first when he earned his third consecutive Finals MVP Award.
But although Jordan was earning millions at the time, he was also spending plenty of money as well. In 1993 he confessed that he’d lost nearly $60,000 gambling earlier in the year. Furthermore, the writer Richard Esquinas alleged that he’d been paid more than $1 million by Jordan after winning a golfing bet against him.