David Robinson came into the game trailing Orlando’s center Shaquille O’Neal by an average of .06 points per game. After Robinson blistered the Clippers for 71 points (26-41 FG, 1-2 3PT, 18-25 FT), 14 rebounds and 5 assists in the earlier game, O’Neal needed 68 points against New Jersey to win the scoring title. He scored 32 points, finishing with a season average 29.346. Robinson finished at 29.787 points per game. The career night enabled him to join George Gervin as the only players in San Antonio Spurs history to claim an NBA scoring title.
In the first game of a first-round playoff matchup against the Montreal Canadians, Martin Brodeur fired the puck the length of the ice and into the Canadiens’ empty net to ensure a 5–2 victory. It was only the second time in NHL history that a goaltender had scored in the playoffs, and the fifth time overall. The New Jersey Devils went on to win that series, but lost in the second round to the rival New York Rangers.