JaVale McGee, meet Gheorghe Muresan.
In the nearly 15 years since Muresan played his last game for the Washington Bullets, the franchise has had five players record games with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, but none had ever done it multiple games in the same calendar month – until McGee joined Muresan on Saturday in that exclusive company.
McGee notched 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in the Wizards’ 102-99 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Exactly two weeks earlier, McGee had 23 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks in a loss to Philadelphia. Muresan had three 20-10-5 games in March 1996.
Chris Webber is the only other Wizard since 1997 with at least two 20-10-5 games in the same season. Jahidi White had two such games in the same calendar year in 2000. Andray Blatche and Antawn Jamison both accomplished the feat once.
McGee and Memphis center Marc Gasol are the only players in the NBA with 20-10-5 games this season, and both have done it twice. McGee has done it three times in the past two seasons – including a 28- point, 18-rebound, 5-block game against Golden State – and the only players to claim that accomplishment are all-star big men Dwight Howard and Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire did it four times last seasons and Howard did it three times.
McGee has seven double-doubles this season and has recorded at least 10 rebounds in his past three games. He leads the NBA with 63 blocked shots.