2001: Chris Webber goes off for 51pts & 26rebs vs the Pacers

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Chris Webber

“You never say one guy can beat you, but I think he came close tonight.” – Reggie Miller.

On the surface, Chris Webber’s 51 points & 26 rebounds against the Pacers looks like it was one of the best performances of the past couple decades. But, Webber himself will tell you it’s not even his best game. The biggest reason is because the Kings lost the game and Webber missed a couple of key shots late in a scoreless OT. He also took 47 shots. He made 24 of them but missing 23 shots in a game is tough to swallow. Then again, his teammates weren’t exactly on fire: 15-of-59 from the field.

“I feel so bad for Chris,” Said Vlade Divac after the loss. “He had a career night, and we didn’t help him win the game.”

It really was a shame to see a great player have such an impressive career-night (the 51 was 11 more than his previous career-high) and for it to end on such a sour note. Then again, it pains me to say this, we are talking about a player who is used to receiving sour notes. I personally believe Chris Webber belongs in the Hall of Fame and is one of the 50 best players of all-time but because of his lack of championships and memorable moments at the end of big games and series, he is and will always probably be underrated.