Be like Mike? Stack has been there
February, 17, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty ImagesJerry Stackhouse and Michael Jordan were Wizards teammates duirng the 2002-03 season.No one has scored more points in one game at Chicago's United Center than Jerry Stackhouse.
Not even the guy with the statue outside the place, one of Stackhouse's idols growing up in North Carolina, Michael Jordan.
On April 3, 2001, Stackhouse, then a Detroit Piston, had the best game of his NBA career, erupting for 57 points -- the most he has ever scored in his life -- in his team's 110-83 victory over the Bulls.
"You come out and kind of test your 3 out early in the game, and it was going. So I made a couple 3s, and then I really got into my trick bag and it just seemed like every move I made, every shot I took early on, went for me," the Brooklyn Nets swingman said Wednesday, reflecting on his memorable performance nearly 12 years after it occurred.
Jordan held the previous record, scoring 53 points at the United Center in March 1996.
"It's one of the best feelings," Stackhouse said. "I go back and look at the highlights sometimes and there was some pretty good defense being played, but it's just the fact that I was on top of my offensive game. Good offense beats good defense any day."
If there's anyone who understands that, it's Jordan. During his 15-year career, Jordan, who turned 50 on Sunday, scored 50 or more points in a game a staggering 39 times -- including six times in the playoffs.
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