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• Jermaine O'Neal was 12-for-15 (.800) from the field Thursday night, scoring 37 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. O'Neal is the first player in NBA history to score 35-plus points, grab 15-plus rebounds and shoot at least 80 percent from the field in a postseason game.
• Shaquille O'Neal had seven turnovers while playing only 24 minutes in Miami's loss at Chicago. He's the first NBA player in 11 years with 7-plus turnovers in 24-or-fewer minutes of a postseason game. Denver's Bison Dele had seven giveaways in 23 minutes at San Antonio on April 28, 1995.
Shaq was 0-for-6 from the foul line. In the history of the NBA playoffs there has been only one worse 0-fer, and as you may have guessed, O'Neal himself was the culprit. On May 29, 1995, playing for the Magic, he was 0-for-8 from the foul line in a 94-93 loss at Indiana.