Today in Sports History: January 25

By Jonah Sharf

On January 25, 1986, the Washington Bullets’ Manute Bol recorded the second most blocks in a game in NBA history, blocking 15 shots against the Atlanta Hawks. The performance is two blocks behind the record of 17 set by the Lakers’ Elmore Smith, and was tied by Shaq a few seasons later. Bol was known as one of the greatest shot blockers in NBA history, and he was tied for the tallest player ever in the NBA at 7 feet and 7 inches. Despite playing only 12 seasons, a career that was relatively short compared to other NBA legends, Bol is number 15 on the all-time blocked shot leaders list. He is also the only player in NBA history to block more shots than he scored points in his career, and is second in terms of blocked shots per game — he averaged 2.6 points and 3.3 blocks per game over his career. During his rookie season, when he blocked 15 shots against Atlanta, he averaged 5 blocks per game and recorded the second most total blocks in a season in NBA history.


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