On This Date in Sports February 14, 1990: The Case of the Stolen #23

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Wearing a spare jersey with #12 on the back, Michael Jordan scores 49 points as the Chicago Bulls are stunned by the expansion Orlando Magic 135-129 in overtime, ending a forgettable 1-5 road trip on a sour note. The number switch was due to somebody stealing Michael Jordan’s regular uniform after the team’s shootaround and before the game, with no other spare jerseys to use.

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