Win From Within: Michael Jordan's NBA Finals "Flu Game"

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In Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan staged one of the most incredible performances of his career—despite having woken up that morning feeling nauseated and sweating profusely. MJ could not sleep or eat the night before the game. He was told he had a stomach virus, and there was no way he could suit up against the Utah Jazz, who had won Games 3 and 4 to tie the series at two games apiece.

Jordan was visibly pale and clearly weakened by his illness; but he not only managed to play, he logged 44 minutes and led the Bulls to victory, finishing with 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.

Games like that remind us why Jordan is often called the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time). In the video above, we see His Airness replenishing with Gatorade on the sidelines, taking in the fluids and electrolytes he needed to continue. Also in the video, Coach Phil Jackson shares his first-hand account of Jordan's awesome performance and talks about his competitive fire and will to win, which could have only come from within.

Check out more highlights from the "Flu Game" in the video below:

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