1994: Charles Barkley scores 56 & Suns/Warriors combine for 147 1st half points
The highlight of 2013/14 Rookie of the Year Chris Webber’s rookie season was his behind the back dunk on Charles Barkley, which led to a hilarious Nike commercial with Latrell Sprewell and Webber joking at a barbers shop about the dunk and Webber saying Barkley said “I don’t believe in role models, but you mine.”
Weeks after the season ended, Webber got to face off against Barkley in the playoffs and in GM3, Barkley had arguably his best performance ever in a box score busting game between the Suns and Warriors, where both teams scored over 70 first half points: the score after an exhausting two quarters was 74-73 with the Suns up by 1. The most shocking stat of the 1st half was Barkley having a playoff record 38 of the 74 first-half points. He made his first 11 shots of the game and his 27 1st quarter points were also just 2 shy of Eric “Sleepy” Floyd’s record. He finished the game, and sweep of the Warriors, with a career-high 56 on 23 of 31 shooting.
“Obviously, I was making a lot of shots tonight,” Barkley said. “They kind of forced the issue by not doubling me. I hope it’s not the last time I see single coverage. I kind of like it.” “It was a good workout.”
Rookie Chris Webber’s post game comments supported Barkley’s by saying Chuck basically took the shots that were given to him and like a true MVP, he made them.
“It wasn’t luck, He was taking shots we wanted him to take. We wanted him to take three-pointers. It was incredible.”
The final score was 140-133.