Like so many of the memorable basketball games from the past decade, Saturday's 5A boys state quarterfinal matchup at Alhambra High School also involved a Jordan.
Only this time the Jordan was a sophomore from Phoenix Trevor Browne High School.
But the 5-foot-11 guard put on a show Michael Jordan would have been proud of.
Daren Jordan scored a school-record 47 points as he led the Bruins to a 103-100 double-overtime victory over Mesa.
Jordan played all 40 minutes and scored 26 of his team's 30 points in the extra two periods.
He broke Kevin Woodbury's four-year-old record of 43 points.
"He single-handedly beat us," said Mesa coach Shawn Lynch. "Every time I thought we had control he would come down and make a play. He beat us."
It was Jordan's will that pushed the Bruins (29-4) into Thursday's 8:30 p.m. semifinal matchup against Gilbert at America West Arena.
"It was all about heart," said Jordan, who scored 38 points following halftime. "No way we were going home with a loss."
Jordan shot 7-of-11 from the field in the overtimes and made 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. It was his deep 3-pointer with 36 seconds left that gave the Bruins the lead for good, at 101-99. His final two free throws, with :10 left, sealed the outcome. Mesa's Jared Westergard, who sent the game into the second overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, missed a 3 in the final seconds.
"The difference was Daren," Trevor Browne coach Mike Ellsworth said. "We put the ball in his hands and said 'create for us.' "
Westergard paced the Jackrabbits (21-12) with 32 points and sophomore Matt Komenda added 24 points and 18 rebounds. It was Komenda's putback off a missed free throw at the buzzer in regulation that sent the game into the first overtime, at 73-73.
Neither team led by more than three in the first extra frame until Jordan made a pair of free throws with :16 left to put Trevor Browne up, 88-85. Westergard then hit his 3-pointer over a pair of Bruins defenders to force the second overtime.
Westergard gave Mesa a 95-92 advantage early in the second overtime on his fifth 3-pointer of the night.
But Jordan, who scored all of the Bruins' 15 points in the final period, scored eight in a span of 1:13 to put the Bruins back on top.
"Mesa is a great, great, great team," Ellsworth said. "I have never been in a game like this. This was special."
Lee Cummard scored 22 points for Mesa before fouling out midway through the first overtime.
Jordan, who didn't score in the second quarter, finished the night 12-of-29 from the field and 20-of-24 from the free-throw line.