NBA: 3 players who recorded 40 points and 20 rebounds without a turnover
Scoring 40 points and pulling down 20 rebounds without a turnover in a single game is not an ordinary achievement. It has only happened thrice in the NBA and all three times, it was a center who got to the landmark, quite expectedly.
All the three players on this list are All-Star players who created an extraordinary impact on the game and dominated the oppositions, night in and night out. Through the course of this article, let us take a look at three players who recorded 40 points and 20 rebounds without a turnover.
#1 Shaquille O'Neal
Stat line: 46 points, 20 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks on 62.5 % shooting
Shaquille O'Neal is one of the greatest centers to have ever played the game of basketball and used his height and strength to dominate the league for 19 years. He was a 3-time finals MVP and along with Kobe Bryant, the duo formed the greatest one-two punch of all-time. He spent first four years of his NBA career with the Orlando Magic and led them to three-straight playoffs appearances.
However, he could not win a title with the franchise.
In the 1994-95 regular season, the Magic lost their first game on the road to Washington Bullets but won the second game against the Philadelphia 76ers by 15 points. Shaq scored 30 points in that game and led the Magic to the win. Four nights later, the Magic were up against the Charlotte Hornets on the road for a game.
Shaq put together 46 points and 20 rebounds, including 14 offensive rebounds. He went 20-for-32 from the field on 62.5 percent shooting. The Magic went on to win the game, 130-128.