17. Michael Jordan’s Flu Game|
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Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals was a defining moment of Michael Jordan’s career. The Jazz had just won Games 3 and 4 to tie the series, when Jordan was diagnosed with the flu and told that he couldn’t play in Game 5. Michael Jordan ignored that advice and went on to play 44 minutes (of 48 possible), looking visibly weak the entire time. That didn’t stop him from leading Bulls back from an early deficit and then hitting a game-winning three as the fourth quarter wound down. Jordan finished with 38 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, before collapsing into Scottie Pippen’s arms.