The record-setting game, one in which he edged O’Neal’s 1993 record by one board, proved to be a launching point for a highly successful season for the 7-foot center. Including his performance against Miami, Vucevic had double-digit rebounds in a stretch of eight straight games and 10 or more boards in 18 of the following 21 games. He would go on to finish second in the NBA in rebounding last season (11.9 rpg.) and third in double-doubles (46).
``It’s probably the best game I’ve played,’’ Vucevic recalled of his performance against Miami. ``I was able to break one of the records from one of the best to ever play the game, which was Shaq. It means a lot to me that I own the (Magic) record for rebounding for one game.
``A game like that showed me that I could play at this level and play high at that level,’’ he continued. ``That game helped my confidence a lot. After that game I kind of went on a hot streak playing wise and rebounding wise, so it definitely helped me.’’
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