Michael Jordan became the 18th player in NBA history with 20,000 points when he scored 35 Friday night in the Chicago Bulls’ 120-95 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago.
In getting his 20,000th point in his 620th game, Jordan was eclipsed by only Wilt Chamberlain, who made it in 499 games. Oscar Robertson is third-fastest at 671 games.
Jordan’s three-pointer with 5:12 left pulled the Bulls into a 110-77 lead and gave him exactly 20,000 points in his ninth year in the NBA. He was taken out 13 seconds later to a thunderous ovation from the sellout crowd in Chicago Stadium.
“I wanted to get out of the game,” Jordan said. “I was only out there for one reason--to score. I wanted to get it over and done with. This is the city I play for and I wanted to get it here.”
The Bulls had the victory assured with a 90-67 lead after three quarters. But Jordan still needed eight points for 20,000.
Bull Coach Phil Jackson asked Jordan if he wanted to reach the milestone in Philadelphia, where the Bulls play tonight.
“I wanted to do it here instead of Philly, so I gave him a nod,” Jordan said.
Jordan, whose 32.3 career average is No. 1 in NBA history, scored eight points in the final quarter when the Bulls had the game under control. His last two baskets were three-pointers.
“It was great for Michael,” teammate Scottie Pippen said. “He deserves it. I told him I’ll catch him next year.”