THE RACE TO 71: ROBINSON’S DOMINANT OFFENSIVE SEASON
by Joe Calvillo
One of the most remarkable achievements of David Robinson’s career took place on April 24, 1994 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Entering the game trailing Shaquille O’Neal by 33 points in the race for the NBA scoring title, David scored 71 points on the Clippers and won the scoring title in the very last game of the regular season, averaging 29.8 points for the year. Shaq finished the season averaging 29.3 points. Only four other players have scored over 70 points in NBA history – Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, David Thompson and mostly recently Kobe Bryant.
To get to 71 points, David shot 63 percent from the floor making 26-of-41 attempts including a 3-pointer and 18-of-25 free throws. David filled up the stat line that night with things other than just points grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out five assists and blocking two shots. Playing 44 of the 48 minutes in the game, David averaged 1.65 points a minute while he was on the court. Clippers coach Bob Weiss was said that Robinson was “dominant” and that he “double-teamed him with our forwards every time we could but he still scored points.”
Here is a look at the 1993-94 season and David’s sensational season: