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This Day in NBA History: JaVale McGee blocks 12 shots vs. Chicago Bulls

On March 15, 2011, JaVale McGee did something that has only been done three times in the past 20 years.

As a member of the Washington Wizards, McGee's team couldn't come away with a win against the Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls, but he did make his mark in NBA history.

The Wizards centre blocked 12 shots, becoming one of three players to block that many shots in a game since 2000.

That is tied for the most blocked shots by a player in a single game in that timeframe, with Hassan Whiteside and Keon Clarke being the other two to achieve the feat.

McGee is also one of 18 players in NBA history to record 12 or more blocks in a game, but the NBA didn't begin recording blocks as a stat until 1974 after all-time shot blocking greats like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain had already retired.

McGee also had 11 points and 12 rebounds in this contest, giving him a triple-double on the night. He is one of 33 players in NBA history - again, since blocks became an offically recorded stat in 1974 - to record a triple-double with blocks.

The Wizards top performer in this contest, aside from McGee, was Jordan Crawford who had 27 points, playing all 48 minutes of the game. For the Bulls, Rose had a team-high 23 points and seven assists in the win.

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