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Happy birthday to Shaq, who turns 43 today.
The Big Aristotle/Shamrock/Cactus/Daddy had one of his best games ever on his birthday, dropping 61 on the Clippers. Shaq shot 24-of-35 from the floor and was a respectable 13-22 from the free throw line. Oh, he pulled down 23 boards, too (which was more points than Kobe Bryant had that day, 22). Obviously, this was the year Phil Jackson took over the Lakers and they won a title (thanks more to their defensive improvement than the triangle).
Enjoy the Friday trip down memory lane, complete with the voice of the best ever at the mic, Chick Hearn.