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Shaq vs. Charles Barkley
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61 Points Against the ClippersThe Lakers played against the Clippers on March 6, 2000, which also happened to be Shaq's 28th birthday. The game was considered a Clippers "home game," prompting Shaq to ask his crosstown rivals for some extra tickets for friends and family. The Clippers refused. Shaq responded by scoring a record 61 points against them that night, and also making some epic plays, including an infamous failed 3 pointer/alley oop pass to Kobe Bryant.
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Crossover and Dunk ManeuverIn this clip from an April 15th, 2002, Lakers vs. Sonics match-up, Shaq slips around Jerome James of the Sonics before connecting with the dunk. O'Neal would go on to score 41 points in the game.
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2000 NBA FinalsIn 1999, Phil Jackson joined the Los Angeles Lakers as head coach, and the success of his "triangle offense" (not to mention the presence of fellow All-Star Kobe Bryant), propelled Shaq and the team to the NBA Finals, and eventually to victory over the Indiana Pacers. It was the Lakers first championship since 1988, and the first championship of a 3-peat. Shaq was named MVP of both the Finals and the regular season.
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Shatters Backboard During NBA Draft CombineWhile practicing at the 1992 NBA Draft Combine, Shaq made a dunk that shattered the glass on the backboard entirely. Fortunately, it was all caught on video for posterity. (He was 20 years old at the time). Shaq was selected first that year, and went to the Orlando Magic.
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