Tuesday 17 October 2017 / 03:05 PM

WIND-BACK WEDNESDAY: SHAQ’S 61-POINT GAME

The legendary Shaquille O’Neal was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame last year, and Windback Wednesday is showcasing arguably the most devastating performance of his extraordinary career.

On March 6, 2000 – his 28th birthday – Shaq led the Lakers to a 123-103 victory over cross-town rivals the Clippers with a mind-blowing 61 points and 23 rebounds.

Shaq’s tally of points has only been better four times since – three times by Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant, and once by Orlando’s Tracy McGrady and Knicks star Carmelo Anthony – while only 10 other players had beaten that mark previously.

Meanwhile, he is one of only two players ever – with the incomparable Wilt Chamberlain – to rack up 60 points and 20 rebounds in a single game.

[YouTube – NBA]

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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