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Here's to you, Mr. Robinson
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

April 24, 1994

It's a wonderful day in Mr. Robinson's neighborhood. Playing in the paint in Los Angeles, David Robinson overtakes Shaquille O'Neal for the league scoring title on the season's final day when he becomes just the fourth NBA player to score at least 70 points.

"I looked up at the scoreboard and saw 71 points and said, 'My goodness, 71 points,'" the San Antonio Spurs center says. "I just had to shake my head."

So does Shaq, who now needs 68 points to win the scoring title. But he gets "only" 32 in the Magic's 120-91 win over the New Jersey Nets and finishes as the runner-up with a 29.35 average compared to Robinson's 29.79.

Fed by his teammates, The Admiral is not shot-shy, hoisting up 41 field-goal attempts and making 26. He's 18 of 25 from the foul line in 44 minutes in the Spurs' 112-97 victory over the Clippers. Robinson scores the Spurs' first 18 points before slowing down in the second period with just six points. Then he breaks loose for 47 points in the second half - 19 in the third period and a dazzling 28 in the fourth quarter.

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