Spurs’ David Robinson dropped 71 points on the Clippers 24 years ago today
It was 24 years ago to the day that San Antonio Spurs legendary center David Robinson exploded for 71 points during a 112-97 victory over the L.A. Clippers back on April 24, 1994. This amazing scoring outburst was not only extremely impressive, but it was enough for Robinson to edge Orlando Magic superstar center Shaquille O’Neal for the NBA scoring title on the final day of the regular season.
What was Robinson’s final stat line for the night? He led the Spurs with a whopping 71 points on 26-of-41 shooting from the field and 18-of-25 from the charity stripe, 14 rebounds, five assists, and two blocked shots in 44 minutes of action against the Clippers.
“It was unbelievable,” Robinson said, via an article in the Tulsa World archives. “My team has been behind me the whole year. They always push me to do a lot of individual things. As a leader, I just try to win games, but tonight they really wanted me to shoot it. When the game started they were looking for me almost every time down the court.”
At the time, Robinson joined Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and David Thompson as the only four players in NBA history to score at least 70 points in a single game.
A SportsCenter highlight video of The Admiral’s epic performance with the late Stuart Scott’s commentary, which was posted today to ESPN’s official YouTube channel, can be viewed below in all of its glory.
You absolutely have to love Scott’s commentary and the classic 1990’s ESPN graphics, as well, to give Robinson’s epic night that much more nostalgia for the viewers. Rest In Peace, Stuart Scott.