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.938 -- The Lakers' postseason winning percentage in 2001 (15-1), the best in NBA history. Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal led the way for the world champion Lakers.
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1 -- Lakers who have been named NBA Finals MVP in back-to-back seasons. Shaquille O'Neal, last year's winner, become the first this season. Five other Lakers have won the award -- James Worthy (1988), Magic Johnson ('80, '82, '87), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ('85), Wilt Chamberlain ('72) and Jerry West ('69).
2 -- Consecutive seasons Shaq has made the All-NBA first team. He also made it in 1997-98.
3 -- Shaq's finish in MVP voting (578 points) this season, less than San Antonio's Tim Duncan (706) and Philadelphia's Allen Iverson (1,121).
4 -- Consecutive seasons Shaq has led the NBA in field-goal percentage.
8 -- The record for blocked shots in an NBA Finals game, tied by Shaq in Game 2 against Philadelphia. Bill Walton, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon also share the record.
15.4 -- League-leading rebounds per game averaged by Shaq in the 2001 playoffs.
16 -- Double-doubles recorded by Shaq in 16 playoff games.
28.7 -- Points per game averaged by Shaq in the regular season, third-best in the league.
28.2 -- Points averaged by Shaq in the Lakers' 23 regular-season losses.
29.0 -- Points averaged by Shaq in the Lakers' 51 regular-season wins.
31 -- The NBA Finals record for most offensive rebounds in a five-game series, set by Shaq this season. Elvin Hayes previously held the record of 21 in 1979.
32.3 -- Shaq's points-per-game in 14 regular-season games played on Fridays, his highest of any day of the week. He averaged 30.0 on Saturdays, 29.1 on Tuesdays, 28.9 on Sundays, 27.9 on Thursdays, 26.6 on Mondays and 24.8 on Wednesdays.
33.0 -- Points per game averaged by Shaq in the 2001 NBA Finals, second only to Iverson's 35.6.
60 -- Double-doubles by Shaq in the regular season, second to Duncan's 66.
76 -- Free throws attempted by Shaq in the 2001 NBA Finals, 28 more than any other player. Shaq also made the most free throws with 39 for a percentage of .513.

All stats through the end of the 2000-01 NBA playoffs.
 


 
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