2005: Jermaine O’Neal scores 55 points in 36 mins vs the Bucks
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“I’m going to take this box score home and put it up for my daughter or any other future kids,” O’Neal said after putting up 55 points, which was just three shy of George McGinnis’ franchise record. “I’ll say, ‘This is one of daddy’s first 50-plus games.”
O’Neal did set a franchise record with 25 free throw attempts, he made 19 of those. He also made 18 out of 28 field goals in just 36 minutes of action and scored 19 points in the first 10 of those minutes.
“It just was one of those wonderfully enchanting nights for our team and for him,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said.
Not taking anything away from O’Neal, who was unstoppable on this night, but the Bucks allowed 42 points by T-Mac, 40 by Iverson and 39 by Dirk in the previous weeks. So most of the NBA elite were circling dates with the Bucks on their calendar.
“It’s just really embarrassing to have career-high night every night we play somebody,” Bucks guard Michael Redd said.
O’Neal followed up this career performance with back-to-back 32 point games and a 35/12 and 38/15 in the following week. He also had five instances of 38+ points in 44 games during his best scoring season.