Skip to main content

Shaquille O'Neal: Triple-Double against Nets


On November 20, 1993, Shaquille O'Neal posted the first triple-double of his NBA career against the New Jersey Nets. O'Neal scored 24 points, grabbed a career-high 28 rebounds and blocked 15 shots. It was the first of O'Neal's two career triple-doubles. His second came on April 11, 2006, as a member of the Miami Heat, when he had 15 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high 10 assists.

O'Neal, who was born in New Jersey, had dozens of his family and friends in attendance for the game.

''Some nights I play great, some I play like I'm still in college", O'Neal told the Orlando Sentinel after the game. "But I was glad I played well tonight. My family was up there, about 70 or 80 of them - uncles, cousins, aunts. I grew up in New Jersey. But I usually don't play as well in front of my family.''

Nets star Derrick Coleman, who was held to eight points in the game and suffered an ankle injury, was captivated by O'Neal's performance.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

''I watched what happened out there,'' Coleman said. ''Shaquille was just extraordinary.''

O'Neal, who was playing with a cold, said after the game that it is very difficult to play in different cities because of the change in weather conditions.

"It is hard to play from city to city, where it’s 40 degrees in one and 80 degrees in the next, but you keep playing. I knew I had about 7 or 8 blocks, but I didn’t know I had 15. If we had lost, my performance wouldn’t have meant anything."

O'Neal played "only" 36 minutes in that game, and in that playing time, he managed to have stats described above.

The 15 blocks are still a franchise record and tied for 2nd with Manute Bol for most in NBA history. The 28 rebounds were a franchise record until 2013 when Nikola Vucevic broke it (in OT) with 29.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine’s response to Los Angeles Lakers rumors should get fans excited

LaVine and the Lakers seem like a match made in heaven. However, getting him to play for the Purple and Gold is more complicated than expected.

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton

The Phoenix Suns are reportedly still hesitant to give Deandre Ayton the max

If Deandre Ayton doesn't get the money he wants, his departure will significantly dismantle the Phoenix Suns' hopes of reviving their championship window

Lakers keeping an eye on Doc Rivers' availability

Los Angeles Lakers keeping an eye on Doc Rivers' availability

Doc Rivers just added another early playoff exit to his resume but the Los Angeles Lakers still want him.

Iman Shumpert on Luka Doncic-LeBron James comparisons: I don’t see the same type of dominance

Iman Shumpert on Luka Doncic-LeBron James comparisons: "I don’t see the same type of dominance"

Luka Doncic's game has been compared to Larry Bird, James Harden, and LeBron James. Not so fast, says Iman Shumpert as he claims James is more athletic than the Mavs star.

Robert Williams has shut down Bam Adebayo, and his play could end up winning the Eastern Conference Finals for the Boston Celtics

Robert Williams has shut down Bam Adebayo, which could end up winning the Eastern Conference Finals for the Boston Celtics

Williams has done a superb job of slowing down Miami's star center Bam Adebayo, and the Heat have struggled to make up for his lost production


The story of the original NBA unicorn

This guy is the closest thing we have to a Giannis Antetokounmpo comparison.

kenny anderson copy

That time when the New Jersey Nets shared showers with truckers

Compared to how teams operate these days, this is a pretty bizarre experience.