This Date in Nuggets History: April 18, 1993

Dikembe Mutombo ties franchise record with 12 blocks
by Aaron Lopez

Former Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo was often a one-man swat team.

That was never more true than on April 18, 1993.

Nearing the end of his second NBA season, the 7-foot-2 Mutombo tied Julius Keye’s franchise record with 12 blocked shots as Denver beat the Los Angeles Clippers 94-83 at McNichols Arena.

The block party was part of a monster effort by Mutombo, who also finished with 16 points and 21 rebounds.

Current Nuggets assistant Lester Conner had four points and four assists for the Clippers in that game.

“Larry Brown was our coach, and he told us, ‘Listen, don’t challenge this guy. He’s one of the greatest shot blockers in basketball history,’ ” Conner said. “As you can see, they didn’t listen.”

Since 1985-86, he is one of only six players to have at least 15 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a single game.

Mutombo went on to set a franchise-record 287 blocks that in 1992-93, finishing second in the NBA to Hakeem Olajuwon. He would go on to break his own record in each of the next three seasons.


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