On this day, June 11th, 1997, Michael Jordan recorded 38 points, 7 boards, 5 dimes, 3 steals and 1 block in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz, all while suffering from flu-like symptoms.

He was drained but determined. Battered but not beaten. The battle in Salt Lake City on June 11th, 1997 will forever live on as one of MJ’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.

“If we had lost, I would have been devastated.” – Michael Jordan.

Relive the moment tonight at 9PM EST on ESPN Classic. Also, check out these funny clips from comedian JB Smoove below.

Michael Jordan Flu Game Air Jordan 12

Michael Jordan Flu Game Air Jordan 12

Michael Jordan Flu Game Air Jordan 12

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