(1994) David Robinson Scores 71 Points To Win Scoring Title Over Shaq
On this day in history, April 24th of 1994, David Robinson won the NBA scoring title by beating Shaq’s average by .5 points.
Going into the final game of the season, Shaq said he couldn’t care less about the title but he still put up a casual 32 points and 22 rebounds against the Nets. Those numbers sound pretty gaudy until you hear that David Robinson, who’s previous career high in points was 52, scored 71 against the God-awful Clippers.
You can blame the Clippers, who did double and triple team the Admiral at times, for “allowing” him to join Baylor, David Thompson and Wilt as the only players in history to score 70+ points, but the man who deserves the most blame (or credit) is Spurs coach John Lucas. Up by over 20 with a minute left in the game, Lucas instructed his player to foul the opposing team so Robinson could get a few more shots up. Robinson scored 7 more points in the final minute to give him 71 points on 41 field goal and 25 free throw attempts.
When Magic coach Brian Hill heard the news, he called it a “mockery of the game.”
Unfortunately for Robinson, the Utah Jazz were a little better than the Clippers and beat the Spurs 3-1 in the first round of the playoffs. As for Robinson, he scored just 9 more points in the whole series than he did in just his final regular season game.
Not everybody seems to care about a scoring titles as Robinson. This is what Kevin Durant posted on the final game of a season when he was up for the scoring title.