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Shaquille O'Neal Greatest Games: 40/12/8 vs Nets (2002 NBA Finals Game 2)

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One of the best games in Shaq's career, but it's often forgotten, game 2 of the 2002 NBA finals. 40 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists on 14/23 FG and 12/14 FT, Lakers were +36 with Shaq on the floor and -19 with him on the bench, that's unreal... This guy was easily the finals MVP that year, no doubt about that; offense and defense run through Shaq constantly. "Can't do nothing with him," said Kobe Bryant, who had 24 points, including 3-for-3 from three-point range. "He's like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan and all those guys. But Shaq is so dominant, he'll shoot 55 percent on an off-night. There's nothing you can do about that. He's just going to demoralize the team. You're pretty much going to have to deal with that." "What can I say, guys?" said Nets coach Scott. "Too much Shaquille O'Neal. He's a monster. That's all I can say about him. I don't know what to do against him right now. In the second half, we doubled him, and he kicked it out and they hit shots. When we tried to come through on the dribble, he was still stepping through and getting off his shots. He's just a dominant player. There's not much we can do with Shaq right now." Lakers won the game 106:83. http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200206070LAL.html