David Robinson in the Nike Air Unlimited

Today in Performance Sneaker History: David Robinson Scores 71 Points in the Nike Air Unlimited

At the close of the 93-94 NBA season, two superstar centers were in a neck-and-neck battle for the scoring title. While Shaquille O'Neal of Orlando was dominating in just his second season in the league, veteran David Robinson was hitting his prime across the coast in San Antonio. But something had to give. On April 24, 1994, David Robinson scored 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers, becoming just the fourth player in NBA history to score over 70 points in a game. This offensive output was enough to push Robinson past Shaq for the scoring title, with final averages of 29.8 and 29.3, respectively.

For this historic game, The Admiral was wearing the Nike Air Unlimited. This unique model featured a high-profile Neoprene ankle collar and a complex lockdown strap setup. A true '90s classic, the Nike Air Unlimited was worn by a number of other players, including Chris Webber during his rookie year and Grant Hill as a Duke Blue Devil.

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