On This Day (April 24)
Notable events from NBA history that occurred on April 24.
Admiral Torpedoes Clippers
On this day in 1994, the San Antonio Spurs’ David Robinson scored a career-high and franchise-record 71 points in his season finale, a 112-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Robinson narrowly beat out Shaquille O’Neal to win the NBA scoring title, 29.79 PPG to 29.35 PPG.
Robinson scored 18 points in the first quarter, six in the second quarter, 19 in the third quarter, and 28 in the fourth quarter. He set franchise records for most points scored in a fourth quarter and a second half (47).
Robinson also grabbed 14 rebounds and distributed five assists, becoming the first — and still only — player in NBA history to record at least 70 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in a game.
Robinson shot 26-41 from the field and 18-25 from the free throw line. He set franchise single-game records for field goals made, free throws made (tied), and free throws attempted. Robinson and George Gervin (three times) are the only players in franchise history to attempt at least 40 field goals in a game.
The performance did not come without a bit of controversy, as the Spurs intentionally fouled the Clippers late to gain possession so Robinson could add to his point total.
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