Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 1/3/13
Single game records arent made to be broken, at least not easily. If they were, it wouldnt have taken 19 years for a Magic player to pull down Shaquille ONeals rebounding record. The truth is, single game records are extremely hard to reach. Rarely do you see a player attain one and that is because its a result of many outside variables coming together on one very special night. For Nikola Vucevic, that night came on New Year's Eve against the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive on the glass, Vucevic said after he scored a career high 20 points and set a Magic rebounding record in the overtime loss. I had no idea I would grab 29 boards. Vucevic is now No. 1 in franchise history for the most rebounds in a single game,surpassing the original Supermans 28 rebound effort against the New Jersey Nets onNov. 20, 1993. Even All-Star Dwight Howard (Superman II) couldnt reach the recordduring his seven years in Orlando. Vucevic has done it in just 31 games. Still, his teammates joke like it was just another day at the office for the second year center, probably in an attempt to keep him humble. I mean hes a seven-footer, Jameer Nelson said teasingly, Hes supposed to get that many rebounds. He got like 10 rebounds on one play, Arron Afflalo added jokingly, exaggerating just a smidge. But, when all the jokes are done, his teammates know the difficulty in setting a single game record. Seven-footers dont just get 29 boards every game the same way scorers dont just go for 62 points on a nightly basis. Its not every day a player hits 11 3-pointers and only one point guard in the NBA has ever dished out 30 assists.As we look back on some of the other great single-game performances in Orlando Magic history, we pose the question: Which one is the most impressive? Tracy McGrady scores 62 points March 10, 2004 I was going for 70, Tracy McGrady said in his post-game interview the night he dropped a 62-point bombshell on the Washington Wizards in a 108-99 Magic victory. If I would have made my free throws, I would have had it. Not only did McGrady miss nine free throws, he also missed 10 of his last 11 shots.But through three quarters, McGrady was unstoppable. T-Mac went off, hitting 19 of his first 26 shots. Thats 73 from the field. Not only could McGrady have gone for 70, he could have very easily hit the 80-point club. He was pulling up for 3s after shaking defenders left and right, breaking down double teams like they didnt even exist, and getting to basket anytime he wanted to. Even though he thought he underachieved with 62 points, the two-time scoring champion earned both of his titles this night.Dennis Scott makes 11 3-pointers April 18, 1996 For a shooter, theres nothing sweeter than that second chance shot from the 3-point line after your team gets a hard-fought offensive rebound. Its like a dagger right in the heart of the other team. On the night "3-D" hit 11 3-pointers in a 119-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, five of his makes came from second chance opportunities, two off his own misses. The other six 3s were an assortment -- transition 3s, corner 3s out of the post up, the extra pass 3s, and that one long range, two-steps past half court 3 just because he felt like it. And man was he feeling it. The Magics all-time leader in 3-point field goals made, was 11 of 17 from behind the arc, finishing the game with 35 points. Not only did he set a franchise record, he also set an NBA record that wasnt broken until Kobe Bryant hit 12 3-pointers in a game seven years later. What made the night even more special was that Scott was able to share it with the guy he surpassed in the NBA history books. Brian Shaw, who previously held the record with 10 3s, was credited with the assists on Scotts last two 3-pointers made.Scott Skiles dishes out 30 assists Dec. 30, 1990 No disrespect to the great point guards in the league today, but this is one record that may never be broken. It takes two players to create an assist, and for one player to dish out 30 of them, it takes the whole team doing almost everything right. The night Skiles set an NBA record in assists was also the same night the Orlando Magic set a franchise single game scoring record in a 155-116 win against the Denver Nuggets. It was a once in a century type of game. The Nuggets were playing a run and gun style, settling for long jumpers early in the shot clock which created countless fast break opportunities for the Magic, led by Skiles at the point.Although fast break situations are a harvestland for assists, they can also be a hidden trap for turnovers. The great point guards know how to capitalize. Skiles, the Magics all-time leader in assists, had only four turnovers in the game, resulting in a 7.5 assist to turnover ratio. He wasnt just passing the ball off every chance he got either. Skiles hit two 3-pointers, grabbed six rebounds, recorded two steals, made six out of seven free throws and finished the game with 22 points. Virtually every time he touched the ball something good happened. Its no wonder Skiles played in all but four minutes of the contest. So out of Vucevics 29 rebounds, McGradys 62 points, Scotts 11 3-pointers and Skiles 30 assists, which record is the most impressive? The question certainly makes for some good old fashion basketball talk. Arron Afflalo and J.J. Redick say Skiles assist record without question. Thirty assists? Afflalo said in disbelief. You cant just go get thirty assists.
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