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NBA FINALS / GAME 3 LAKERS 106, NEW JERSEY 103

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June 10, 2002

*--* Shaquille O'Neal, who had 35 points in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, has the highest playoff scoring average among prominent NBA centers. Former and current centers are listed in alphabetical order Player Regular Season Points Playoff Games Playoff Points Shaquille 27.6 123 28.2 O'Neal FORMER CENTERS Kareem 24.6 237 24.3 Abdul-Jabbar Walt Bellamy 20.1 46 18.5 Wilt 30.1 160 22.5 Chamberlain Artis Gilmore 17.1 42 11.7 Bob Lanier 20.1 67 18.6 Ed Macauley 17.5 47 13.8 Moses Malone 20.6 94 22.1 George Mikan 22.6 91 23.5 Robert Parish 14.5 184 15.3 Willis Reed 18.7 78 17.4 Bill Russell 15.1 165 16.2 Jack Sikma 15.6 102 14.3 Nate Thurmond 15.0 81 11.9 Wes Unseld 10.8 119 10.6 Bill Walton 13.3 49 10.8 CURRENT CENTERS Vlade Divac 12.3 97 12.9 Patrick Ewing 21.8 139 20.2 Alonzo 20.3 55 19.9 Mourning Dikembe Mutomo 12.3 66 12.7 Hakeem 21.8 145 25.9 Olajuwon David Robinson 21.9 100 20.4

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