100 days of hoops, hardwood

100 Days of Hoops: Day 71, A Seaman’s Tale at the Shore

At the end of the 1993-94 NBA season, it came down to two post men who were likely to win NBA’s scoring champion.  It was decided on the final day of the 1993-94 season where Shaquille O’Neal and David Robinson competed for the scoring title. Before the final game of the season, Shaq told the media he didn’t care about the scoring title and went on to casually score 32 for the Magic while bringing down 22 rebounds.

Like Orlando, the Spurs were already safely in the playoffs thanks to Robinson’s season.    Even earlier that season, he recorded the fourth ever (and to this day the latest) quadruple double; 34 points and 10 rebounds/assists/blocks in a win against the Detroit Pistons and that’s only February.  Robinson also led the season in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) at 26.2.

On the last game of the season, the 54-27 Spurs played against the 27-54 Clippers in Los Angeles.

Here’s all you need to know about what happened during this game, the title gives it away.

Thanks to that performance, The Admiral moved up to #1 in points per game and became the league’s leading scorer for the season.

Points per Game

Rk
Player
(Team)
PPG
Gms
1
(Spurs)
29.8 80
2
(Magic)
29.3 81
3
(Rockets)
27.3 80
4
(2 teams)
26.0 74
5
(Jazz)
25.2 82

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Total Points

1
(Spurs)
2,383 80
2
(Magic)
2,377 81
3
(Rockets)
2,184 80
4
(Jazz)
2,063 82
5
(Knicks)
1,939 79

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Robinson won the scoring title through 80 games and just six points ahead of Shaq, so you could say if he had played those last two he wouldn’t have won the scoring title.  Robinson shot 26-41 (including a made three-pointer) dished out five assists and brought in ten rebounds.  Oh and he played 44 out of the 48 minutes in the game, averaging 1.65 points per minute.  And this is all while being double and triple teamed by the Clippers.  And you can say that he was able to get it because the Clippers were terrible but no matter who it is, the 1990s Chicago Bulls or the Poor Mothers of the South, Robinson delivered with 71 points and a scoring champion trophy he probably still has in his bedroom. Do they even give out trophies for that? Who knows?

robinson 71.jpg
David Robinson agrees to become the godfather of John Lucas’ son and the team celebrates. (Photo Credit: NBA.com)

 

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