The Jordan Challenge returns in NBA 2K23. A return of the popular game mode from NBA 2K11, the Jordan Challenge features 15 unique scenarios from the Hall of Fame career of the legendary Michael Jordan.
Relive the most exciting and memorable moments from Jordan’s career. From the “Shrug Game” to the “Flu Game,” NBA 2K23 will deliver 15 unique Challenges that take us from the 1982 National Championship to the 1998 NBA Finals.
Here are all 15 games featured in the Jordan Challenge:
1982 National Championship: University of North Carolina vs. Georgetown
Experience the 1982 National Championship in which Michael Jordan hit the first of his many iconic, clutch shots. Down 62-61 with less than 20 seconds, MJ nails a go-ahead jump shot with just 15 seconds left.
1984 Team USA Basketball Scrimmage
As a rookie, Michael Jordan went up against some of the greatest NBA legends of all time, including Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and more.
1986 Easter Conference First Round, Game 2
Michael Jordan’s second NBA Playoff series, play as the 22-year-old in one of his 63-point game game against the Boston Celtics.
1988 NBA All-Star Game
40 points in only 29 minutes, another highlight-reel performance against NBA legends.
1989 Easter Conference First Round, Game 5
Tied 2-2- in a series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jordan establishes himself as a “clutch player.”
1990 Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls
In one of the most iconic 1-on-1 matchups of all time, take the court as Michael Jordan against Atlanta Hawks’ legend Dominique Wilkins.
1990 Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Replay one of Jordan’s most historic games in which he scored a career-high 69 points in 50 minutes while also recording a career-high 18 rebounds.
1990 Eastern Conference Finals, Game 3
Experience one of the early ’90s most brutal rivalries between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistols. Jump into Game 3 of the 1989 Easter Conference Finals and break the 1-1 series tie by dominating with Jordan in front of the Chicago crowd.
1991 NBA Finals, Game 5
Capture Jordan’s first Larry O’Brien trophy by defeating the Showtime Lakers, led by Magic Johnson.
1992 NBA Finals, Game 1
Return to the NBA Finals for a second consecutive year and set the tone early by blowing out the Portland Trailblazers. This is also known as Jordan’s “Shrug” game in which he hit six three-pointers in the first half, an NBA record at the time. After drilling his sixth shot, he delivered the signature shrug.
1995 Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks
Travel to Madison Square Garden and outduel Patrick Ewing in the mecca of basketball. This is one of those physical games from the ’90s that we hear so much about from longtime NBA fans.
1996 NBA Finals, Game 6
Michael Jordan’s fourth championship was one of his toughest as he faced a Seattle Supersonics team led by Gary “The Glove” Payton. Although Jordan was limited to just a .263 field goal percentage in game six, he found a way to capture his fourth championship. Can you do the same?
1997 NBA Finals, Game 5
The “Flu Game.” We’ve all heard about the story of this legendary performance in which Jordan, battling sickness and fatigue for 44-plus minutes, led the Bulls come back from down 16 against the Utah Jazz.
1997 Chicago Bulls vs Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Jordan was Kobe Bryant’s idol. And in this game, the two went head to head in a matchup for the ages. Although Bryant dazzled with 33 points, Jordan reminded everyone that he still reigned supreme with 36 points of his own.
1998 NBA Finals, Game 6
Secure Jordan’s sixth championship title and put one final stamp on his legendary career with the go-ahead bucket in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.
The Jordan Challenge game mode will be featured in all versions of NBA 2K23. Which game are you most excited to experience when NBA 2K23 launches on September 9th?