Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 3

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Michael Jordan Sets Series Scoring Record in Air Jordan 3

Starting in 2003, the First Round of the NBA Playoffs switched from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven format. Due to the change in structure, Michael Jordan’s performance in the 1988 First Round stands as a record that will never be broken. Squared against the Cleveland Cavs, His Airness scored a total of 226 throughout the five game series, which wrapped up on May 8, 1988. And that wasn’t the only record set during the series: Jordan was also the first player to score 50+ points in back-to-back playoff games. The following year, Jordan would once again make history against the Cavs as he hit “The Shot” over Craig Ehlo.

During the ’88 Playoffs, Jordan wore the “Fire Red” makeup of the Air Jordan 3. This groundbreaking model was the first Air Jordan shoe to feature visible Air cushioning and marked the debut of the iconic Jumpman logo. If you’re looking to get your hands on the Retro “Fire Red” colorway, they’ll be releasing on August 3. Check back with Sneaker Report for more details on the upcoming drop.

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