(1994) Penny vs Tim Hardaway Fantasy Battle, Shaq & Spree Each Score 40 in OT Thriller
The Golden State Warriors were coming off an 8 game losing streak and the Orlando Magic were off to a NBA best 16-4. This should have been a cake walk for the Magic and their unstoppable duo of Shaq and Penny but it turned into a dogfight – and a dream game for fantasy basketball players.
The Orlando Magic started the game on fire by shooting 71% in the first quarter but led by just 3 after 1. The Warriors then took over in the 2nd quarter and had a 62-59 lead at the half behind 22 points from Latrell Sprewell, who has been in a shooting slump. For the Magic, Penny matched Spree with 22 and Shaq had 20 points at the halfway point.
Both teams went back and forth for most of the 2nd half and OT as Shaq and Spree continued to score at will and the two Hardaways put on a passing clinic. Penny would finish the game with a team-high 13 assists to go with 38 points and Tim Hardaway finished with a career-high 22 assists to go with his 15 points.
In OT, the Magic duo got some big shots from teammates Brian Shaw and Dennis Scott and Penny iced the game with a pair of free throws with 7 seconds left.
Shaq was named player of the game with 40 points on 15 of 20 shooting and for causing 3 Warriors to foul out – Rony Seikaly was 1 away from being #4.
Final Score: Orlando 131 – Golden State 128.
Shaq: 40 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks (15-20 fg, 10-21 ft)
Penny: 38 points, 13 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals (16-24 fg)
Sprewell: 40 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals (16-31 fg)
Tim H: 15 points, 22 assists, 5 steals (5-18 fg)