Washington Wizards’ starting center JaVale McGee posted a rare 11-point, 12-rebound, 12-block triple-double in a 98-79 loss to the Bulls Tuesday night from the United Center in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
His 12 block total was the most by a player in an NBA game since Keon Clark of the Toronto Raptors sent away 12 shots almost to the day, a decade ago on March 23, 2001.
The 7-0, 252-pound McGee fell just three shy of the franchise record of 15 blocks in a game set by none other than 7-foot 7-inch Sudanese-born center Manute Bol during the Washington Bullets 1987 season. The NBA All-Time mark is currently held by Elmore Smith who swatted away 17 shots in a game way back in 1973 while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.
McGee’s tremendous performance wasn’t enough to stop the Chicago Bulls on this night however as leading MVP candidate Derrick Rose helped push Chicago into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference scoring 23 points and adding seven assists in a winning effort.
McGee currently ranks fourth in the Association with 2.23 blocks per game in just under 27 minutes of action.
Chicago got the win despite being without their best rebounder in center Joakim Noah and their most potent low-post threat in Carlos Boozer both out due to various ailments.
Need proof? See for yourself. Kevin McHale didn’t think much of JaVale’s triple-double however (watch the video).
Check out the box score.