Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 5

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Mike Drops Career-High 69 Points in the Air Jordan V

Putting up huge numbers was never much of a hassle for Michael Jordan, but on March 28, 1990, he had what may be his greatest offensive performance of all time. The Chicago Bulls went to overtime against the Cleveland Cavs, and ended up with a 117-113 victory. But it was Jordan himself who had everyone buzzing after the game. Mike put up a mammoth 69 points, which often overshadows his also stellar 18 rebounds. In fact, Jordan racked up a little of everything that night. He also had six assists, four steals, and a block.

How did he get it done? The WW2 fighter plan-inspired Air Jordan V. The Jordan V featured a translucent rubber outsole, which was a first for the signature series. It also utilized reflective 3M Scotchlite on the tongue of the shoe, which made it a great choice for outdoor balling at night. A visible Air unit returned from the Air Jordan IV, and it was topped off with a leather upper. Although its technology is dated by today's standards, the Air Jordan V remains popular with players of all levels. The Tinker Hatfield-designed model returned earlier this year, and will be popping in different colorways throughout 2013. Stick with Sneaker Report for the latest on Air Jordan V availability.

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