Manute Bol scores all 18 of his points on 3 pointers in one half!
Every once in a while a freak game happens where a player puts up some insane stat that isn’t consistent with his game. I don’t mean when a player like Willie Burton, Tony Delk or Tracy Murray scores 50 points, because they are “scorers” and under the right circumstances, caught fire and did what they know they are capable of doing. I’m talking about Drew Gooden racking up a triple double with 13 assists or George McCloud starting at point and dishing out 22 assists, which is more than what he dished out in his previous six games combined. Ty Lawson hitting 10 of 11 from downtown was pretty crazy too, considering he only made 10 threes in his previous eight games.
But the most unlikely big game involving 3-pointers came from a big man…
On March 3rd 1993, Philly was in Phoenix to play against Barkley’s new team and to nobody’s surprise, Barkley lit his old team up for 36 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists. As for the 3-point shooters in the game, everybody was cold. Hersey Hawkins was 1-3. Tim Perry 1-4. Dan Majerle made only 2 of 7 and Danny Ainge was an awful 0-7. Enter shot blocking madman Manute Bol, who made only 1 of 23 shots from downtown in his previous 2 seasons and didn’t even make a 3-pointer until his 3rd year in the league.
After allowing the Suns to score 72 first half points, Doug Moe switched up his lineup and started the defensive stopper in the 2nd half. To the amazement of the the crowd, his teammates and his old friend Barkley, Manute decided to take 12 3-point attempts in the 2nd half and managed to connect on half of them to account for all 18 of his points. To this day, it remains in my opinion, the most freak performance ever. Bol attempted 3 more 3-pointers the next game and missed all three of them. It would be another 8 games until he attempted another shot from beyond the arc and 16 games until he connected on another.
Bol died from kidney failure back in 2010 at the age of 47 and is survived by his son Bol Bol.