This Week In History: Shaquille O’Neal dominates New Jersey Nets in 1993

On Nov 20, 1993, O’Neal had a sole 20-point, 20-rebound, 10-block diversion of his career. He pulled off a attainment opposite a New Jersey Nets, finishing with 24 points, 28 rebounds and a career-best 15 blocks. It was a customarily double-digit blocks diversion in O’Neal’s career (both unchanging deteriorate and playoffs) as he was starting to comprehend a rise of his powers as an NBA superstar.

To boot, O’Neal — who was innate in Newark, N.J. — had about 70 friends and family during a diversion to watch his exploits. His 15 blocks finished adult entrance 3 bashful of a all-time single-game mark, set by Elmore Smith in 1973.

”I suspicion maybe we had 7 or eight, though not most more,” O’Neal told a Orlando Sentinel after he logged his initial career triple-double. ”I had no idea.

”Some nights we play great, some we play like I’m still in college. But we was blissful we played good tonight. My family was adult there, about 70 or 80 of them – uncles, cousins, aunts. we grew adult in New Jersey. But we customarily don’t play as good in front of my family.”

Nets star Derrick Coleman, who was hold to 8 points in a diversion and suffered an ankle injury, too, was perplexed by O’Neal’s performance.

”I watched what happened out there,” Coleman said. ”Shaquille was only extraordinary.”

For O’Neal, a trail to success was simple.

”I’ve been examination (Houston’s) Hakeem Olajuwon on ESPN,” pronounced O’Neal, who scored on dunks, hooks and a 17-foot jumper. ”I only told myself to dig some-more and get my hands adult like I’ve seen him (Olajuwon) do on TV.”


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